The lack of balance and the failure of regulation in life has traditionally been recognized in such extreme symbolic acts as overconscientiousness or a criminal lack of conscience. This volume shows how the neurotic process affects biologic functions, distorting natural functioning. Three distinct functions and their respective extremes are discussed: eating (obesity, bulimia nervosa), sleeping (insomnia, excessive somnolence), and sex (hypersexuality including child molestation, hyposexuality including inhibited sexual desires).
"…The chapters are…well presented and up to date…"
—Science Books and Films
"This book should prove valuable for those concerned with keeping up with advances in behavioral medicine…"
—The Psychological Record
"For the general reader there is much of interest…"
—Journal of Psychosomatic Research
"This volume is highly recommended as a source book documenting research and treatment in three fundamental areas of behavioral medicine."
—Michigan Society for Behavioral Medicine & Biofeedback Newsletter
Contents: A.J. Stunkard, Perspectives on Human Obesity. M.R.C. Greenwood, Sexual Dimorphism and Obesity. K.D. Browell, L.J. Stein, Metabolic and Behavioral Effects of Weight Loss and Regain: A Review of the Animal and Human Literature. J.E. Morley, J.F. Flood, A. Cherkin, J.E. Mitchell, Parallels in Neurotransmitter Control of Feeding and Memory. G.T. Wilson, The Treatment of Bulima Nervosa: A Cognitive-Social Learning Analysis. R. Andres, Does the "Best" Body Weight Change with Age? W.B. Kannel, L.A. Cupples, Cardiovascular and Noncardiovascular Consequences of Obesity. D.J. Kupfer, C.F. Reynolds III, Slow Wave Sleep as a 'Protective' Factor. D.F. Dinges, The Nature of Sleepiness: Causes, Contexts, and Consequences. P. Hauri, The Cognitve Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia. P. Schreiner-Engel, Low Sexual Desire: Biological Implications. J.W. Bradford, The Organic Treatment of Violent Sexual Offenders. G.G. Abel, Behavioral Treatment of Child Molesters.