Tension Control for Coping and for Habit Change

  • Joseph Wolpe


Edmund Jacobson’s discovery about half-a-century ago that progressive relaxation produces a state of emotional calmness was one of the most important developments in the history of psychiatry. Anxiety and its consequences are the commonest source of suffering and disability in the whole field of mental health. Since we can directly control our muscles, but not our autonomic nervous systems, the ability to use our muscles to bring about autonomic effects of a desirable kind is a remarkable therapeutic resource.


Relaxation Training Tension Headache Tension Control Transcendental Meditation Progressive Relaxation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Wolpe
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry/Behavior Therapy Section School of MedicineTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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