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Psychological Health

  1. Deane H. Shapiro1,
  2. Craig Santerre2,
  3. Shauna L. Shapiro3,
  4. John A. Astin4,
  5. Josh D. Shapiro5,
  6. Jena Huston6

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0727

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Shapiro, D. H., Santerre, C., Shapiro, S. L., Astin, J. A., Shapiro, J. D. and Huston, J. 2010. Psychological Health. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, Irvine

  2. 2

    VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division

  3. 3

    Santa Clara University

  4. 4

    California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco

  5. 5

    University of California, San Diego

  6. 6

    Argosy University, Phoenix

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


All psychotherapeutic systems have a vision of psychological health rooted in and stemming from their view of human nature. The goal of therapy is to develop interventions that, based on each orientation's personality theory, remove obstacles and barriers and develop awareness, insights, skills, and abilities that enhance a person's psychological health (Shapiro, 1983).


  • psychological health;
  • personality theories;
  • positive psychology;
  • schools of psychotherapy