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Chapter 6 - Personality and Health

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 February 2022

Peter Tyrer
Affiliation:
Imperial College London
Roger Mulder
Affiliation:
University of Otago, New Zealand
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There is a natural curiosity about why some people are healthier than others. One consistent theme is that dispositional variables or personality may predispose people to poor or good health. This idea can be traced back to the writings of ancient scholars such as Hippocrates and Galen who proposed that individual differences in the four humours could predict health outcomes. Galen, for example, warned that melancholic women compared with sanguine women had a higher risk for breast cancer (Van Heck, 1997).

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Personality Disorder
From Evidence to Understanding
, pp. 52 - 56
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Personality and Health
  • Peter Tyrer, Imperial College London, Roger Mulder, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Book: Personality Disorder
  • Online publication: 04 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108951685.007
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  • Personality and Health
  • Peter Tyrer, Imperial College London, Roger Mulder, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Book: Personality Disorder
  • Online publication: 04 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108951685.007
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  • Personality and Health
  • Peter Tyrer, Imperial College London, Roger Mulder, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Book: Personality Disorder
  • Online publication: 04 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108951685.007
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