Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. John K. Brilhart


In the medical world Hippocrates was perhaps the first to recognize that the body may sometimes heal itself and that the physician's role may not always be one of intervention but often should be that of advisor, assisting in the self-healing process. Today, medical education and practice and behavioral psychology research are coming together in the recognition of and belief in the concept of mind-body relationships. That an individual might be able to self-regulate certain bodily functions formerly thought to be wholly uncontrollable by the conscious mind is beginning to be accepted as research progresses in bio-feedback, meditation, cognitive-behavior modification, relaxation response, and yoga, among others.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Communication and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Kay Currey May, 1979