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.

The Health Economist’s Viewpoint

The Health Economist’s Viewpoint

The panic that gripped London during the Great Plague of 1665 is vividly described in Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year. This was not the only plague year, and from 1623 each parish published weekly or monthly figures of deaths in the area that alternately horrified and reassured the parishioners. No one knew what to do, but knowing whether deaths were mounting or falling seemed to give some semblance of control. These bills of mortality continued to be collected in London and elsewhere until they were integrated into national statistics by the creation of a national registry in 1836. The main purpose may have been to formalize marriage records and therefore record lineages, but the first ...

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