What are the Causal Factors of Hypochondriasis?
1. Misinterpretations of bodily sensations - over focus on symptoms, perceiving them as more dangerous than they really are, look for confirming evidence and discount disconfirming evidence
2. Dysfunctional beliefs about self that one is weak or would be unable to cope with illness. This leads to great anxiety.
3. Secondary Reinforcements which include current and past history reward for being sick. For instance, getting greater comfort or relieve from responsibilities.