Healing Brain Seminar: September 1989

Healthy Pleasures

A One-day Seminar at M.LT. with
Robert Ornstein
Daniel Goleman
Herbert Benson
Chris Peterson
Arthur Barsky
Howard Hartley

Sunday, September 24, 1989 Boston

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Building 10, Room 250
Compton Gallery
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Sponsored by The Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge Cosponsored for continuing education credit by Nashua Memorial Hospital

The Healing Brain V poster

The latest brain and behavioral science research leaves little doubt: The path to a long and healthy life is paved with pleasure!

This symposium brings together the leading exponents of “the pleasure principle,” some of the most distinguished physicians and psychologists in their fields. Join us for a rare (and pleasurable) day of learning you won’t want to miss!

What you’ll learn from this seminar:

• Why learning to be a pleasure-loving, pleasure-seeking, pleasure-creating individual may be the single most important thing you can do for your health
• How to “play” to the natural strengths of mind and body
• The cold, hard facts on pleasure. An overview of the latest – and often surprising – research on eating, drinking, sleeping, education, exercise and sex
• Ways to mobilize positive beliefs, expectations and emotions
• How to blend techniques from cognitive therapy, relaxation training and successful behavior modification practices into your own personal program of healthy pleasures

A One-day Seminar
Sunday, September 24, 9AM to 5PM

Robert Ornstein
Healthy Pleasures
Hear the latest word on pleasure and health from the co-author of the acclaimed new book, Healthy Pleasures. A leading expert and writer on the brain, Dr. Ornstein covers some revealing studies on sex, scents, heat, light, music and other surprises.

Robert Ornstein, Ph.D., is also co-author of New World New Mind and The Healing Brain, and author of The Amazing Brain and The Psychology of Consciousness.

Daniel Goleman
Healthy Illusions
Somewhere we got the idea that facing the “truth” about ourselves is the best route to mental health. Psychologist Daniel Goleman discusses the more clinically proven benefits of telling ourselves tall tales. Hear the evidence on positive illusions, healthy denial, an inflated sense of self-importance, baseless optimism, and other “healthy lies.”

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., is a writer on behavioral sciences for The New York Times and author of Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self Deception, and The Relaxed Body Book.

Herbert Benson
The Relaxation Response and the Maximum Mind.
Take a break! Relaxing is a healthy pleasure in itself, and you need it to live life to the fullest. Dr. Benson shows how activities of mind and body are enhanced by learning to use the relaxation response.

Herbert Benson, M.D., is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Medical School and author of The Relaxation Response, The Mind/Body Effect, and Your Maximum Mind.

Chris Peterson
Optimism and Health
Dr. Peterson is one of the leading researchers on the link between the way we think and the state of our health. The evidence shows, he says, that an optimistic view goes a long way to enhance good health and the quality of life.

Chris Peterson, Ph.D., psychologist, is the author of many research papers on the influence of cognitive styles on illness and health. His upcoming book is Optimism and Health.

Arthur Barsky
Worried Sick: Our Troubled Quest for Wellness
Modern man may have come a long way in improving the general status of health. But according to Dr. Barsky, that doesn’t mean we’re feeling better! What can we do to improve our sense of healthiness and physical well-being?

Arthur Barsky, M.D., is a psychiatrist on the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital and author of Worried Sick: Our Troubled Quest for Wellness.

Howard Hartley
Sensible Exercise
Being fit is indeed a pleasure. But just what do you have to do to attain the blissful state? Bike to the equator? Train for a triathlon? Howard Hartley presents the evidence to support a practical, sensible and pleasurable approach to exercise.

Howard Hartley, M.D., is a cardiologist at Harvard Medical School and a leading researcher in the health benefits of exercise.