Positive Health Outcomes of Social Interest

Nikelly, Arthur G.
December 2005
Journal of Individual Psychology;Winter2005, Vol. 61 Issue 4, p329
Academic Journal
Empirical research from sociology, biology, economics, and animal behavior provides insights for achieving optimal emotional health. Data document that belongingness and community participation, equality and cooperation, and social cohesion and optimism exert a moderating effect on pathology. These qualities are the essential ingredients of Adler's concept of social interest, whose health benefits are corroborated by multidisciplinary research. It can be inferred from these studies that health is promoted and sustained on the basis of holistic and teleological views of human nature within a social context.


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