THE PLACE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN THE STRUCTURE OF LIFE SUCCESSFULNESS
In contemporary circumstances striving for life successfulness is evaluated as a very positive process. Under the influence of media, social pressure and cultural environment, a person is trying to achieve life successfulness in the variant which is accessible by society. However, does it make him or her happy in the result or maybe this leads to disappointment, feeling of emptiness and even mental health problems? This article aims to discover what is health and mental health in the context of life successfulness, what are their place in the whole picture of life successfulness. Can be there some adverse outcomes of striving for life successfulness and how they can influence a person’s mental health. For solving the tasks set in this article different approaches to the understanding of the notions «health» and «mental health» were analysed. The place and the role of mental health in the whole concept of life successfulness were investigated. It was discovered that both health and mental health are not just an absence of disease; they are integral notions. Mental health, for instance, includes many characteristics connected with person’s satisfaction and well-being. As for life successfulness, it is also an integral notion which includes results in the spheres crucial for a concrete person, evaluation of those results as significant and satisfaction from realising those results. The connection between mental health and life successfulness could be considered in several dimensions: personal dimension that includes cognitive functions, affective functions, behaviour, striving to realise oneself and social psychological dimension that consists of an ability to create and maintain personal relations, ability to communicate and ability to be the part of a social group. The influence of some adverse outcomes of life success pursuing on person’s mental health was identified. Aspects on which the attention of a helping profession adviser should be paid while working individually on client’s issues connected with achieving life successfulness were demonstrated. It was concluded that life successfulness, in the author’s understanding, is impossible without mental health.
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