Mental Health

A Philosophical Analysis

  • Per-Anders Tengland

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introducing the Subject

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xi-xi
    2. Per-Anders Tengland
      Pages 1-12
  3. Some Attempts to Demarcate Positive Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Per-Anders Tengland
      Pages 15-34
  4. Toward a Theory of Positive Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Per-Anders Tengland
      Pages 81-96
    3. Per-Anders Tengland
      Pages 141-150
  5. Consequences and Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Per-Anders Tengland
      Pages 167-172
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 173-182

About this book


Mental health issues are a growing concern in our modern Western society. This is part of an increasing interest in questions about health, quality of life, personal development, and self-fulfilment. However, most of what has been written so far has had its focus on mental illness or disease, the negative side of the coin, and few attempts have been made to discuss more thoroughly, from a philosophical perspective, what it is to be mentally healthy. The present book is such an attempt.
The author's aim is to analyze, philosophically, the notion of `positive mental health'. In so doing a number of ideas found in the literature are presented and discussed. The author also raises some important methodological questions. The final result of the analysis is a formal and a material reconstruction of the concept of "positive mental health".
The book will be of value to all professionals within the health care sector, in particular to psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and psychotherapists. It will also be of interest to philosophers and social scientists working with health questions.


health health care issue psychiatry psychoanalysis psychology quality of life

Authors and affiliations

  • Per-Anders Tengland
    • 1
  1. 1.Malmö UniversityMalmöSweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5895-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2237-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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