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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

that made a difference in an individual’s ability to cope with stressors more effectively. Individuals possessing psychological hardiness seemed to be able to creatively adapt to challenges. This appeared to increase the life span and also positively impacted relationships, family life and work. Vaillant noted psychologically healthy people are more adaptive and flexible. They tend to have a stable family life and a satisfying marriage. They make steady progression in their careers and demonstrate an absence of any disabling mental or physical illness. They often have a companion, as opposed to living alone. They are not likely to abuse substances but may drink moderately. Perhaps they deal with their stress by finding constructive solutions rather than resorting to alcohol or other substances of abuse.


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DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.

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Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.


Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being. Dr. George Vaillant began following 185 young men from Harvard University for a period of almost 40 years, making it one of the longest follow-up studies in human development. Vaillant was very surprised to find people who had been healthy and robust in their youth could die suddenly and prematurely because of their tendency to react poorly to stress. Vaillant’s research team noted people with poor psychological health – that is, poor stress-coping skills – were particularly vulnerable to premature death especially if they were depressed or psychologically unstable. In this group of 185 men, 48 were identified as having a poor ability for coping with stress. Out of these 48, 18 died by age 53. In comparison, only two people with good psychological health died by the same age.


These results led Vaillant to the conclusion that good mental health slowed down the aging process, while poor mental health hastened it. The concept of psychological hardiness was cited as the factor