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In a comprehensive review published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (P&P), Carol Ryff described how major research findings have supported the link between psychological well-being and physical health.
The model of psychological well-being was developed more than two decades ago to address neglected aspects of positive functioning such as purposeful engagement in life, realization of personal talents and capacities, and enlightened self-knowledge. The conceptual origins of this formulation are revisited and scientific products emerging from 6 thematic areas are examined:
Together, these topics illustrate flourishing interest across diverse scientific disciplines in understanding adults as striving, meaning-making, proactive organisms who are actively negotiating the challenges of life. A take-home message is that increasing evidence supports the health protective features of psychological well-being in reducing risk for disease and promoting length of life. A recurrent and increasingly important theme is resilience - the capacity to maintain or regain well-being in the face of adversity.
Psychological Well-Being Revisited: Advances in the Science and Practice of Eudaimonia, Author: Ryff C.D., Psychother Psychosom (2014) DOI:10.1159/000353263
Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
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