How do we reach a state of mental health and happiness? There are so many schools of thought concerning mental health and improving mental well-being that you can become lost in a maze of conflicting theories. Different religions have differing ideas about what constitutes a sane and productive member of society. But through all these conflicting messages there is a realization that people need something that provides them with more than a meaningless life of eating, sleeping, reproducing and dying. A life lived only for the moment and only for momentary pleasure is a life that is wasted and forlorn. In The Evolution of Happiness Dr. Gerald Jordan compares and analyzes the three major religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. They are very different in their practices and customs. But Dr. Jordan shows that they have far more in common than their followers might suspect. In particular the concepts of what constitutes a productive member of a religious community, and what constitutes individual happiness show much in common. He then discusses three major schools of thought in psychology - experimental psychology, psychoanalysis, and behavior therapy - and their accompanying concepts of mental health, mental illness and treatment for mental disorders. Here too there is much in common. Each school places varying degrees of emphasis on spiritual aspects of mental well-being. In the end each wants to believe in something beyond the mundane elements of daily life as a basis for mental health and happiness. These religions and schools of psychology show great similarities in their concepts of what constitutes the “good life.” Dr. Jordan examines these in relation to their concepts of being a productive member of the religion and a mentally healthy, happy individual.
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Gerald Jerome Jordan, Th.D. has been minister at Jordan Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee for the past 15 years. He is also Chief Executive Officer at the Youth Habitation Center, a counseling center for troubled juveniles. Dr. Jordan is a lifelong Memphian and recently received his Doctorate of Theology in Christian Counseling from Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
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Book Description Omonomany, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. probably a first edition; new hardback with new dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 013118