ERIC Number: ED182633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Uses and Abuses of Progressive Relaxation and Biofeedback in Treating Effects of Stress: The Cognitive vs. Psychophysiological vs. Behavioral Distinction.
Lehrer, Paul M.
Experimental, clinical, and personal observations give some support to the notions that: (1) intensive live training with anxious subjects is required in order to demonstrate that perspective relaxation has physiological effects; (2) physiological, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms of anxiety are separable and may respond differentially to various forms of treatment; (3) various relaxation techniques produce different subjective experiences; and (4) experiences of cognitive passivity are associated with higher levels of EEG alpha. Results of several case studies indicate that progressive relaxation and/or biofeedback are useful with physiological tension symptoms, and cognitively-oriented techniques, such as meditation, are appropriate treatment for cognitive anxiety symptoms. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)