Health and Happiness

Health and Happiness

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Health and Happiness takes a fresh interdisciplinary approach to the discussion of the relationship between health and happiness by examining how the topic is approached from both the field of philosophy and the field of psychology. With Important concepts explained clearly throughout and with features such as recommended reading, discussion points and key words, this book is essential reading for students studying philosophy of psychology, philosophy of medicine or the psychology of health and/or more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138839752
  • 9781138839755

About Lisa Bortolotti

Lisa Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. She specialises in the philosophy of the cognitive sciences and she has written extensively on the limitations of human cognition (irrational beliefs, distorted memories, confabulation, self-deception). She also has active research interests in applied ethics, especially research ethics, reproductive ethics, animal ethics, happy and meaningful lives, autonomous agency. Michael Larkin is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Birmingham, where he has worked as part of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program since 2004. He is a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in phenomenological and experiential more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I – Happiness and Wellbeing Chapter one: Concepts of happiness and wellbeing 1.1. Happiness: subjective or objective? 1.2. Different accounts of wellbeing: hedonism, eudemonia, preference satisfaction, objective list account. 1.3. Can we measure happiness? Chapter two: How to be happy 2.1. Wealth, religious or political affiliation 2.2. Identity and relatedness 2.3. Experience: joy and flow Chapter three: The meaningful life 3.1. Mortality and boredom 3.2. Family life 3.3. Consumerism and existentialism Chapter four: Happiness, rationality and wise choices 4.1. Epistemic and pragmatic rationality 4.2. Positive illusions and enhanced memories 4.3. Intuition and reflection in decision making Chapter five: Happiness and adversities 5.1. Resilience 5.2. Wellbeing and the environment 5.3. Places of safety and therapeutic environments Part II – Disease, distress and disability Chapter six: Concepts of disease, distress and disability 6.1. Diseased bodies and disordered minds 6.2. Disability 6.3. Distress and loss of control Chapter seven: Illness, disability and happiness 7.1. Happiness in chronic illness 7.2. Happiness and disability 7.3. Post-traumatic growth Chapter eight: Health and the self 8.1. Health, autonomy and emotions 8.2. False and fragmented selves 8.3. Story-telling and physical and psychological health Chapter nine: Recovery 9.1. Adaptation and acceptance 9.2. Redemption narratives 9.3. Agency lost and regained Chapter ten: Benefits and costs of illness 10.1. Emotional benefits and costs 10.2. Cognitive benefits and costs 10.3. Adaptive advantages Conclusion Referencesshow more