Personality Factors

It is likely that cognitive and perceptual factors precipitate and maintain somatization by maximizing the degree to which physical states are experienced as aversive. Research suggests that the tendency to experience physical and psychological states as aver-sive is also related to the personality dimension of negative affectivity (NA), characterized by a negative self-concept and a trait-like tendency to experience distress and dissatisfaction. Indeed, subjective symptom reports consistently correlate with NA, despite there being no correlation between NA and objective health markers. Individuals high in trait NA are hypervigilant about their bodies and have a lower threshold for perceiving physical sensations, so-called somatic amplification. Such individuals are also more likely to interpret physical symptoms as the signs of serious disease and seek medical attention accordingly.

Breaking Bulimia

Breaking Bulimia

We have all been there: turning to the refrigerator if feeling lonely or bored or indulging in seconds or thirds if strained. But if you suffer from bulimia, the from time to time urge to overeat is more like an obsession.

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