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.

Applied Well-being

Applied Well-being

Good health and happiness are so closely interlinked as to be effectively two sides of the same coin, which I have called ‘well-being’. Well-being does not often show itself through our feelings: only exceptionally do we feel a healthy glow or a joyful rush. Artificially producing these states, for example by drugs, often reduces well-being in the long run. So aiming for euphoria is not, according to almost every philosopher, the best way to increase our well-being. So how do we do this? We are fortunate if we live in a community where tradition dictates a healthy lifestyle, and if our mental and social capital is high so that we adopt the tradition whole-heartedly. If we cannot rely on tradition, we ...

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