The unspoken yearning that brings people to therapy is often that of a desperate desire for happiness. Should therapists ignore this desire, interpret it or challenge it? And what does our preoccupation with happiness tell us about contemporary culture and the role of the therapist?

In this book, Emmy van Deurzen addresses the taboo subject of the moral role of psychotherapists and counselors. Asking when and why we decided that the aim of life is to be happy, she poses searching questions about the meaning of life. Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness seeks to define what a good life consists of and how therapists might help their clients to live well rather than just in search of happiness.

This text makes stimulating reading for all trainee and practicing counselors and psychotherapists, especially those interested in the existential approach.

Positive Psychology: A Science of Well Being

Positive psychology: A science of well being

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is … whether life is or is not worth living.

(Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus)

All of this is easier said than done. Living to the best of our abilities in the midst of the noise and rush of the twenty first century is not a straightforward matter. Many of us get lost on the way and temporarily or permanently give up on life all together. More people than ever commit slow suicide by letting themselves be drawn into pockets of sham safety. They get mesmerized and taken over by the illusions of substance abuse or other undermining activities that erode their abilities gradually ...

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