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My Favorite Lecture: Prof. Michael Steger

February 9, 2012

"My Favorite Lecture" series offers students the opportunity to learn from some of the University's most distinguished professors. Prof. Michael Steger has researched factors related to achieving well-being, how people adjust to traumatic life events, and social influences on depression. On February 16 he will speak on somatoform disorders.

Steger's graduate work at the University of Minnesota on the benefits of living a meaningful life, earned him the Best Dissertation Award from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies.Wednesday, February 15
4:15-5:30 p.m.
TILT Building, Room 221

The interplay of brain and body

Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Applied Social Psychology Michael Steger will lecture on "Me, myself, my brain, and my body: The fascinating world of somatoform disorders." 

Somatoform disorders are defined as those which include "symptoms that suggest a medical condition, but where no medical condition can be found by a physician.

"In other words, a person with a somatoform disorder might experience significant pain without a medical or biological cause, or they may constantly experience minor aches and pains without any reason for these pains to exist."  []

Focus on psychological treatments

Steger's research focuses on questions about what makes people's lives feel meaningful and purposeful as well as psychological well-being and health. His teaching usually focuses on the other end of the spectrum -- abnormal psychology and psychological treatments for mental disorders.

This lecture, adapted from his undergraduate course on abnormal psychology, looks at a compelling family of disorders that challenges any lingering ideas we have about the separation of mind and body. We will look at the symptoms of Hypochondriasis, Conversion Disorder, Somatization Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

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We will also take a peek into the confusing world of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy. By the end, Steger hopes to rekindle your fascination with the world of the mind. Or is it the body?

About the My Favorite Lecture series

TILT's Learning Programs present five or six “My Favorite Lectures” each academic year, providing an opportunity for CSU students—who might not otherwise have the chance—to experience some of the University’s most distinguished professors speaking on topics of interest that lay outside of students' immediate coursework and or disciplinary paths.  

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Contact: Heather Landers
Phone: (970) 491-1324