Theoretical Relationships Between Psychological Type, Talent and Disease
 Barbara E. Bryden
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Sundial is an interdisciplinary work about cognition and health that encompasses the disciplines of psychology, medicine, complementary healthcare, and spirituality. Author Barbara E. Bryden, Ph.D., considers the possible connections between psychological type and disease in a way that appeals to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® practitioner.

In Sundial, the author makes the case that cognition and behavior associated with psychological type may be related to certain kinds of disease, and at that same time may provide clues to prevention and health management. Bryden puts it all together in an integrated theory that suggests some types and talents are at greater risk for some diseases. "It is hoped that by first examining pathological patterns that may or may not be present in different types and talents, we might better understand the conscious conditions for health in each of these various categories."

What is so very positive about this is that cognition is changeable! "A given type may be able to modify his preferences, in other words, in a desired direction, to reduce his identified health risks." Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument as a "language" for describing relationships between cognition and health, Bryden discusses these connections as well as a variety of healthcare modalities—other "languages" that might mitigate diseases to which a person may be predisposed. They all speak the same hopeful message—that health risks can be changed to some extent by changing one's thinking and behavior in specific directions.

This analytical work offers the reader information presented in a sequential, science-based way moving through the details of disease and mind and encompassing an integrative approach to healing that includes alternative modalities and consideration of the whole person (mind, body, heart, and soul).

About the Author
Barbara E. Bryden, Ph.D., has worked in counseling, teaching, writing, and research capacities in academic and applied settings. She has been a Killam scholar in both counseling psychology and education at the University of Calgary.

344 pages Paperback
2005 CAPT
ISBN 0-935652-46-9
ISBN 13 978-0-935652-46-8