Conclusion: Caring for the Human Being—An Outline for Applied Existential Health Psychology

  • Patrick M. WhiteheadEmail author


The concluding chapter can be read as a stand-alone introduction to existential health psychology and supplies a summary of four changes in perspective which a healthcare worker can make that will allow her to view her patients in their existentiality, thereby finding what was in their blind-spot. These are treating the how and not the what; understanding the illness in addition to the disease; treating the person and not the disease; and viewing the patient person in his or her Otherness, using the relational phenomenology of Martin Buber.


Medical providers Medical practice Nursing Phenomenology of nursing Existential medicine Martin Buber 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology and PsychologyAlbany State UniversityAlbanyUSA

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