Readers Are Shown How to Enrich Life by Observing ‘Mental Hygiene’

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Lee Thayer's new book reveals ways to maintain health of the mind, which directly affects our lives.

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Author Dr. Lee Thayer posts a remarkable question that goes, “If the greatest gains in human health and longevity came not from medical “science” but from sanitation and hygiene, why might this not also be the case with our waning mental health and longevity?” Through his book, propelled by his research, Thayer answers his question in the affirmative and shares how people can improve their lives by enhancing their “Mental Hygiene.”

Saying yes that human health and longevity can greatly improve when humanity addresses its mental state, Thayer points out cases where once it was human crowding that contributed to poor physical health, it is now the impact of toxic mental diets and lack of mental immunity that contributes to man’s increasing personal and social malaise. According to Thayer, “The lesson from history is that we know more and more about less and less. We have increased our reach many times over with our communication technologies, from smartphones to entertainment diversions of every sort. But we have not increased our grasp one whit. We are drowning in a sea of “information” that we have little or no need for. We no longer know what our personal or our collective destination is, or ought to be. So we don’t know what course to take. Our minds have become less healthy while what we feed it has become more toxic.”

Unveiling the ways how — including revelations about the role of the mind in the making of human lives and of human cultures; cultures of all sizes, from a two-person relationship to whole civilizations, past and present — Thayer seeks to improve man’s capacity to use “Mental Hygiene” in tapping into a better life and existence.

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About the Author
Lee Thayer is a scholar and writer known around the world for his many years of research and publications on the human condition. He has taught or lectured at many of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and China. He has been a Fulbright professor in Finland, a Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard, and was twice awarded a Danforth Foundation Teacher Award for excellence in his teaching. His background is in music (composing and arranging), the humanities, engineering, and social and clinical psychology. He was one of the founders of the field of communication as a university discipline, and is a Past President of what was at that time the largest association of human communication scholars in the world. He was also the founding editor of the influential journal Communication, which was devoted to pragmatic insights into the human condition by the top thinkers in the world. He lives in Western North Carolina with his artist wife Kate Thayer.

Mental Hygiene * by Lee Thayer
Communication and the Health of the Mind
Publication Date: May 9, 2014
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 270 pages; 9781499016345
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 270 pages; 9781499016321
e-book; $3.99; 9781499016314

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