Well-being is an important topic for many different professions. From health professionals to politicians, a number of fields seek to research, understand and promote wellbeing. As a concept at the heart of psychotherapeutic practice, it is essential that trainee and practising therapists understand the distinctive contribution to our understanding of well-being that each of these professions have made. In this unique text, author Digby Tantam explores the philosophical, political, economical, psychological, medical and spiritual perspectives on well-being through a psychotherapeutic lens, explaining current research data and summarising findings. Theoretical approaches are balanced with an insight into their practical applications, showing therapists how each approach can inform their practice and make a real difference to the life satisfaction and health of their clients.

Mapping the Territory: The Philosopher’s Viewpoint – Living Well

Mapping the Territory: The Philosopher’s Viewpoint – Living Well

Happiness and health are confusing. We all want them, but how we achieve them and even how we know that we have achieved them is more mysterious the more we look at it. We can say, ‘I didn’t realize how happy I was’ or ‘I thought I was happy, but it was all false’. So we can be unaware of or even be deceived about happiness. Similarly, we can say of someone who dies suddenly, ‘He always seemed so healthy, and now this’. So we can be deceived about health, too.

When it comes to saying in what happiness consists, opinions differ, and the account given by the ...

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