Author: Tetiana Danylova1, Anatoliy Vovk2, Ihor Hoian3, Svitlana Kholodynska4, Kateryna Honcharenko5, Olena Ishchenko6, Anna Bezhnar6
1 NATIONAL ACADEMY OF EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES OF UKRAINE, KYIV, UKRAINE; INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIOLOGY OF THE POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, WARSAW, POLAND.
2 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES OF UKRAINE, KYIV, UKRAINE.
3 VASYL STEFANYK PRECARPATHIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, IVANO-FRANKIVSK, UKRAINE.
4 PRYAZOVSKYI STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, MARIUPOL, UKRAINE.
5 DRAHOMANOV NATIONAL PEDAGOGICAL UNIVERSITY, KYIV, UKRAINE.
6 TARAS SHEVCHENKO NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF KYIV, KYIV, UKRAINE.
Conference/Journal: Wiad Lek
Date published: 2023 Sep 24
Other: Volume ID: 76 , Issue ID: 8 , Pages: 1866-1873 , Special Notes: doi: 10.36740/WLek202308122. , Word Count: 197
The aim: The paper aims to examine the relationship between philosophy and mental health.
Patients and methods:
Materials and methods: The authors used integrative anthropological approach, interpretive research paradigm, hermeneutical approach. The data collection was carried out using Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed, Google Scholar databases. Research papers were identified according to search terms: "mental health", "philosophy", "Ancient philosophy", "Epicureanism", "Stoicism", "Eastern philosophy", "Buddhism", "Taoism", "psychology", "psychotherapy", "anxiety", "depression", "happiness", "mindfulness", "meaning in life".
Conclusions: Attempts to cope with life challenges, frustration, fear, anxiety, stress should not be isolated endeavors, but they need to be placed in a wider philosophical context, as far as every issue, including mental health issues, has a philosophical perspective at its core. Such experience can cultivate human strength, self-confidence, awareness, empathy. In times of uncertainty, when we do not know where to go, when we do not understand who we are and what is our purpose on earth, philosophy helps us to find our way. In the most difficult times, philosophy acts as a guiding star and consolation reconciling us with what we are unable to change.
Keywords: Ancient philosophy; Eastern philosophy; mental health; philosophy; psychology; psychotherapy.
PMID: 37740983 DOI: 10.36740/WLek202308122