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Typ C – osobnost či copingová strategie?

Title in English Type C – personality or coping strategy?


Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Psychosom
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Field Psychiatry, sexuology
Keywords Type C behavior pattern; personality; coping strategy; breast cancer
Description The Type C concept was first described by Dr. Lydia Temoshok in 1981. The Type C is characterized by suppression and non-expression of negative emotions, especially by suppressing anger, maintaining a facade of contentment and being more concerned about the needs of other people than about one’s own needs. The term „Type C“ has been worldwide confused with inadequate terms „Type C personality“ or „cancer-prone personality“. We only allow ourselves to postulate this statement so strongly after having consulted the issue directly with Dr. Lydia Temoshok, the author of the term. The misinterpretation of the type C behaviour pattern led to a belief that this type of behaviour can predispose development of cancer in a person. However, according to existing research, the Type C concept describes a coping strategy that causes a faster progression of cancer and HIV due to changes in the immune system. We discuss obstacles with the Type C research and we introduce the Vignette Similarity Rating Method (VSRM), a method developed by Dr. Lydia Temoshok, enabling detection of the Type C behaviour pattern in a research.
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