Increasing Psychological Well-Being and Resilience by Psychotherapeutic Methods
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2009
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Journal of Personality
Special Issue: Resilience in Common Life: Resources, Mechanisms, and Interventions: Edited by Mary C. Davis, Linda Luecken, and Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant
Volume 77, Issue 6, pages 1903–1934, December 2009
How to Cite
Fava, G. A. and Tomba, E. (2009), Increasing Psychological Well-Being and Resilience by Psychotherapeutic Methods. Journal of Personality, 77: 1903–1934. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00604.x
- Issue published online: 17 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2009
ABSTRACT A specific psychotherapeutic strategy for increasing psychological well-being and resilience, well-being therapy, has been developed and validated in a number of randomized controlled trials. The findings indicate that flourishing and resilience can be promoted by specific interventions leading to a positive evaluation of one's self, a sense of continued growth and development, the belief that life is purposeful and meaningful, the possession of quality relations with others, the capacity to manage effectively one's life, and a sense of self-determination. A decreased vulnerability to depression and anxiety has been demonstrated after well-being therapy in high-risk populations. There are important implications for the state/trait dichotomy in psychological well-being and for the concept of recovery in mood and anxiety disorders.