Given how often words mean different things to different people, I was pleased she defined "coping" :
"[T]he means we use to combat or prevent stress...a process of managing the discrepancy between the demands of the situation and the available resources--a process that can alter the stressful problem or regulate the emotional response. (Ahmadi, 2006, p. 21)"
In the discussion section, Ahmadi defines musical labels used by patients:
- music of nature = sounds of nature
- healing music = music that helps healing
- religious music = music that invokes spiritual and religious feelings
- cheerful music = music that invokes feelings of happiness
- hard and heavy music = music such as heavy metal and hard rock
Regarding healing music, some patients believed the music literally caused physical changes that helped cure them of cancer. Others believed the music helped them become strong enough emotionally to handles the anxiety and stress brought on by their illness. Either way, they perceived the healing music as a force in strengthening the mind-body connection (whether true or not).