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Mind over Matter – Perception Makes a Difference

Mind over Matter: Patients Perception of Illness Makes a Difference

ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2012) — Whenever we fall ill, there are many different factors that come together to influence the course of our illness. Additional medical conditions, stress levels, and social support all have an impact on our health and well-being, especially when we are ill. But a new report suggests that what you think about your illness matters just as much, if not more, in determining your health outcomes.

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Journal Reference:

Keith Petrie and John Weinman. Patients’ Perceptions of Their Illness: The Dynamo of Volition in Health Care. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2012

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