Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being

Hardcover | June 2, 2004

byC. Robert Cloninger

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All human beings have spontaneous needs for happiness, self-understanding, and love. In Feeling Good: The Science of Well Being, psychiatrist Robert Cloninger describes a way to coherent living that satisfies these strong basic needs through growth in the uniquely human gift of self-awareness.The scientific findings that led Dr. Cloninger to expand his own views in a stepwise manner during 30 years of research and clinical experience are clearly presented so that readers can consider the validity of his viewpoint for themselves. The principles of well-being are based on a non-reductivescientific paradigm that integrates findings from all the biomedical and psychosocial sciences. Reliable methods are described for measuring human thought and social relationships at each step along the path of self-aware consciousness. Practical mental exercises for stimulating the growth ofself-awareness are also provided. The methods are supported by data from brain imaging, genetics of personality, and longitudinal biopsychosocial studies. Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being will be of value to anyone involved in the sciences of the mind or the treatment of mental disorders. It will also interest theologians, philosophers, social scientists, and lay readers because it provides contemporary scientific concepts and language foraddressing the perennial human questions about being, knowledge, and conduct.

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All human beings have spontaneous needs for happiness, self-understanding, and love. In Feeling Good: The Science of Well Being, psychiatrist Robert Cloninger describes a way to coherent living that satisfies these strong basic needs through growth in the uniquely human gift of self-awareness.The scientific findings that led Dr. Clonin...

C. Robert Cloninger is at Washington University School of Medicine.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:June 2, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195051378

ISBN - 13:9780195051377

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Table of Contents

1. A brief philosophy of well-being2. The search for an adequate psychology3. The measurement and movement of human thought4. The social psychology of transcendentalism5. Psychophysical theories of contemplation6. Psychophysiology of awareness7. The epigenetic revolution8. The irreductible triad of well-beingAppendix: The Quantitative Measurement of Thought

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"...a book that demands slow reading, over time, careful chewing and repeated reference."--Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., M.A., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Bipolar Disorders Program, Emory School of Medicine