Revista Cubana de Psicología
versão impressa ISSN 0257-4322
GONZALEZ REY, Fernando. Personality and health: the subjective dimention in human health. Rev. cuba. psicol. [online]. 1994, vol.11, n.2-3, pp. 135-143. ISSN 0257-4322.
For a long time the approach to the study of human health from a personalogical perspective, developed mainly in two directions: psychoanalysis and positivism. Research work based on positivism aimed most of all to the description of features or elements that would acquire descriptive value through their correlation with symptomatic manifestations. In the 70's and in the light of cognitive psychology, more attention was paid to the processes involved with negative tensions. In this work the category of personality is given a new meaning. The author considers personality neither as an addition of features or elements nor as a system but as a configuration which implies the necessary interelation between different psychological senses around a dynamic nucleous. Configurations are very dynamic and alive units that can be modified either as a result of intrapsychological reasons or due to interactive causes in the field of the subject. The role of the subject and of personality as mediators of human health is another essential idea which is developed in this paper.