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Love, Fear, and Health: How Our Attachments to Others Shape Health and Health Care

This book by two psychiatrists examines how the ways we relate to others can seriously affect our health. A practical, clinically-focused introduction to the influence of our close relationships on disease and risk, it explains how understanding attachment – the means by which people seek security in their close relationships – can transform patient outcomes.

Using attachment theory, a useful window is opened into habitual behaviours, hidden motives and the lack of positive change.

Love, Fear and Health offers an alternative view of why we do the things we do, even when we know it is bad for us long term – for example, why a qualified dietitian can remain inactive and overweight.

Free from jargon, with some humour thrown in for good measure, the text is easy to read, and each section provides several examples and a useful summary.

Robert Maunder and Jonathan Hunter invite the reader to establish their own attachment styles through an online questionnaire, which can also be used to monitor subtle personal attachment growth over time.

Some previous knowledge of attachment theory would be helpful, but not essential. Generally the book could help healthcare workers to better meet their patients’ needs and ultimately improve their health.

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