Explanatory style and health

  title={Explanatory style and health},
  author={Leslie P. Kamen and M. Seligman},
  journal={Current Psychology},
Explanatory style, the habitual way an individual explains the causes of bad and good events, is reliably associated with future health. In this article, we review evidence from three studies which demonstrate a significant relationship between pessimism (the belief that bad events are caused by internal, stable, and global factors and good events are caused by external, unstable, and specific factors) and an increased risk for infectious disease, poor health, and early mortality. We suggest… 

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