The Role of Suffering in Human Flourishing: Contributions from Positive Psychology, Theology, & Philosophy

Volume
Volume 38
Issue
Summer 2010
Title
The Role of Suffering in Human Flourishing: Contributions from Positive Psychology, Theology, & Philosophy
Abstract

Should alleviating suffering always be the primary goal in treatment? This paper proposes that suffering can best be understood in the context of the flourishing life, from the intersecting vantage points of positive psychology, philosophy of theology. We further argue that in this context, we can articulate a role for suffering. Suffering can be understood as a marker of disordered living, a means of cultivating characteristics that are essential to the flourishing life, or an opportunity for worldview orientation. In sum, the role of suffering is not to endure it for its own sake, but for the sake of cultivating the flourishing life. Finally, we will consider some implications of this conceptualization for the practice of therapy.

Authors
Dr. M.E.L. Hall, Dr. R. Langer and Dr. J. McMartin
Pages
111 - 121
Price
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