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.
Chapter 6: The Extravert’s Viewpoint
The Extravert’s Viewpoint
Suppose that you, dear reader, are a film director and that you have been asked to produce a short film about well-being in children. You want to start with an opening shot, creating the mood. Obviously, you would want to have children in it. You would probably show them laughing or at least smiling, since happiness and well-being are so closely linked. They would need to look healthy, and probably be running or involved in some active game, to show that they are healthy, since health and well-being are also closely linked. Their environment would probably be a natural one, free of grime and overcrowded buildings, given the links between access to parks and well-being (Douglas, 2012). Their clothes ...