Personality and Disease - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128053003

Personality and Disease

1st Edition

Scientific Proof vs. Wishful Thinking

Editors: Christoffer Johansen
Paperback ISBN: 9780128053003
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2018
Page Count: 350
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A tremendous amount of research has been performed looking at the relationship between personality and disease. Research on this topic has been spread throughout scientific journals on psychology, behavioral health, psychoneuroimmunology, oncology and epidemiology. Personality and Disease brings this research together in one place for the first time.

With contributions from world experts, the book summarizes research findings on personality as it relates to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and allergies, dementia and more. Is there such a thing as a cancer prone personality? Do sadness, anger, stress, or shyness affect the likelihood that we will fall ill to specific diseases? Can we protect ourselves from disease through a positive outlook?

This book will address both what we know, and what we persist in believing despite evidence to the contrary, and why such beliefs persist in the face of evidence.

Key Features

  • Investigates whether and how personality affects disease generally
  • Includes cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and dementia
  • Separates fact from fiction, evidence from beliefs
  • Collates research from a wide variety of scientific domains
  • Contains international perspectives from top scholars
  • Foreword by EU Health Commissioner


Researchers in health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, behavioral medicine

Table of Contents

1. The personality – the concept in historical light
Walter Mischel, Colombia University, USA
2. How to measure the personality
Paul Costa Jr., NIH, USA
3. A healthy personality
J.K.L. Denollet, Tilburg University, Holland
4. Personality, smoking, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and the fat diet
C. Hakulinen, Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Finland
5. Personality and economics
Professor Kahneman (Nobel Laureate), Princeton University, USA
6. The Personality and The Immune System
James Coyne, Pennsylvania University, USA
7. Personality and cardiovascular diseases
M.A. Whooley, UCSF, USA
8. Personality and diabetes
M. Kivimaki University College London, UK
9. Personality and dementia including Alzheimers disease
P.J. Visser, Amsterdam, Holland or S.M. Resnick, Institute of Aging, NIH, USA
10. Personality and asthma and allergies
A Furnham, Norway and London, UK
11. Personality and cancer
Christoffer Johansen, Copenhagen
12. The human belief in the role of the Personality as a health regulator
Christoffer Johansen, Copenhagen


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About the Editor

Christoffer Johansen

Christoffer Johansen is Head of the Department of Psychosocial Cancer Research at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, the Danish Cancer Society (EPI). He has 350+ peer-reviewed publications, edited 4 books, and published 12 book chapters. He has an h factor of 60 and over 12,000 citations (Google Scholar, June 2015). He is former journal editor for Acta Oncologica, past president for The International Society of Psycho-Oncology Society (2003 – 2006), and has received and managed grants for more that 100 million Danish Kroner. He has served on scientific advisory boards for The Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Karolinska Institute (Medical Epidemiology) and The Hamburg Cancer Research Center.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychosocial Cancer Research, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Copenhagen, Denmark

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