De verbeelding van veerkracht in toekomstverhalen van mensen die psychiatrische zorg ontvangen

Translated title of the contribution: The imagination of resilience in future narratives from people receiving psychiatric care

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Abstract

This contribution is part of an edited book (ksgv, in Dutch) that resulted from a symposium on positive psychology and meaning in life in the context of spiritual care. With positive psychology’s shift in focus from psychopathology and complaints to strengths and possibilities, attention for the future as guide to the present also becomes more important. This contribution introduces an approach to spiritual care based on personal future stories. The research question is: How do people who receive psychiatric care portray their resilience and its development in stories about their desired future? In a qualitative analysis of 43 Letters from the Future of people who were admitted to a German psychiatric clinic, two forms of resilience appeared to occur: 1) a negative form aimed at distancing a problem situation in order to create room for a desired future; 2) a positive form aimed at vividly depicting a desired future situation as an alternative to a current concern. The chapter ends with a reflection on the implications of a forward-looking approach to the practice of spiritual care. Recognition of suffering remains important, but the starting point is shifted to a horizon of possibilities and the desire for a meaningful life.
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationPositieve Psychologie en Zingeving
Subtitle of host publicationIntegratie en toepassingen
EditorsWalter Krikilion, Jos Pieper
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherKSGV
Chapter4
Pages67-88
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)978-90-75886-61-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Sools, A. A. M. (2019). De verbeelding van veerkracht in toekomstverhalen van mensen die psychiatrische zorg ontvangen. In W. Krikilion, & J. Pieper (Eds.), Positieve Psychologie en Zingeving: Integratie en toepassingen (pp. 67-88). Tilburg: KSGV.