Chapter 29. The Science of Well-Being and Comprehensive Diagnosis

  1. Ihsan M. Salloum Professor of Psychiatry Director2,3 and
  2. Juan E. Mezzich Professor of Psychiatry Director Past President4,5
  1. C. Robert Cloninger

Published Online: 11 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch29

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects

How to Cite

Cloninger, C. R. (2009) The Science of Well-Being and Comprehensive Diagnosis, in Psychiatric Diagnosis: Challenges and Prospects (eds I. M. Salloum and J. E. Mezzich), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470743485.ch29

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Treatment and Research, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL, USA

  2. 3

    Section on Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature, World Psychiatric Association, FL, USA

  3. 4

    International Center for Mental Health and Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, NY, USA

  4. 5

    World Psychiatric Association, USA

Author Information

  1. Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry, Genetics & Psychology, Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, St Louis, MO, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470725696

Online ISBN: 9780470743485



  • science of well-being and comprehensive diagnosis;
  • science of well-being, developing from many fields including psychiatric studies;
  • knowledge of personalities of people, providing psychobiological context;
  • human personality, having five layers or ‘planes of being’;
  • frustration of material, driving for power and possessions;
  • Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI);
  • self-transcendence, measuring judicial function;
  • cooperativeness, measuring legislative function of judgment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Essentials of Comprehensive Person-Centred Diagnosis

  • The Spiral Path to Well-Being

  • Person-Centred Targets for Resilience and Recovery of Well-Being

  • References