The Future of Post-Human Health Care: Towards a New Theory of Mind and Body

Peter Baofu, PhD
Full Professor

Series: Health Care Issues, Costs and Access, Health Care in Transition
BISAC: HEA028000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Is positive thinking really so healthy that, as Martin Seligman (2000) and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi passionately thus argued, “we believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise, which achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving individuals, families, and communities”?

This optimistic view on positive thinking for health can be contrasted with an opposing view by Barbara Ehrenreich (2009), who “extensively critiqued ‘positive psychology’” and showed “how obsessive positive thinking impedes productive action, causes delusional assessments of situations, and…people are then blamed for not visualizing hard enough and thus ‘attracting’ failure even in situations when ‘masses of lives were lost.’” (WK 2013; R. Byrne 2006)

Contrary to these opposing views (and other ones as will be discussed in the book), health care (in relation to mental
health and physical health in the context of mind and body) are neither possible (or impossible) nor desirable (or undesirable) to the extent that the respective ideologues (on different sides) would like us to believe.

Surely, this questioning of the opposing views on health care does not suggest that the study of health care is worthless, or that those fields (related to health care) like medicine, chiropractic, health system, dentistry, health info tech, nursing, psychiatrics, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, pharmacy, allied health, and so on are unimportant. Needless to say, neither of these extreme views is reasonable.

Instead, this book offers an alternative (better) way to understand the future of health care, especially in the dialectic relationships between mental health and physical health in the context of mind and body—while learning from different approaches in the literature but without favoring any one of them (nor integrating them, since they are not necessarily compatible with each other). More specifically, this book offers a new theory (that is, the interconnected theory of health care) to go beyond the existing approaches in a novel way and is organized in four chapters. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

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List of Abbreviations

Part One: Introduction

Chapter 1. Introduction—The Value of Health Care

Part Two: Mind

Chapter 2. Mental Health and its Duality

Part Three: Body

Chapter 3. Physical Health and its Ambivalence

Part Four: Conclusion

Chapter 4. Conclusion—The Future of Health Care



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