What does the research say about well-being?

Enlightenment Psychology research invites a paradigm shift – to go beyond the normal limits and perspective of traditional psychology to explore the source of well-being independent of life conditions and one’s mental relationship to them. It explores the presence of the Self or true nature of each human being whose well-being is not only independent of their life situations but even of passing thoughts, feelings and sensations – the enlightened experience.

In the well-being and quality of life research spanning decades it has been found that the major external life conditions (including the big five of relationship, work, money, health and leisure) only account for 10 – 20% of perceived quality of life. The substantial component is the mental state – one’s mental relationship to those life conditions. Your internal state is by far the greater predictor of well-being than the external life conditions.

It is clear that what we need for well-being is to change our focus. In the last decade in the field of psychology there has been a massive rise in the interest in the role of awareness and mindfulness. In fact mindfulness training is now an essential aspect of many accepted therapeutic modalities for the treatment of anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, anger and stress.

And what is the focus of this new development? It is to help people live in the present moment, to be aware of thoughts and emotions, to assist people to be more resilient, be better at coping with life’s stressors and so on. But the origins and goals of mindfulness, similar to modern yoga, are not highlighted – to awaken the individual to their intrinsically happy true nature, independent of circumstance.

What is needed is a paradigm shift…

The work of Enlightenment Psychology invites a paradigm shift – to go beyond the normal limits and perspective of regular psychology by inviting people to seek the robust and ongoing source of well-being independent of life conditions and one’s mental relationship to them. The work addresses the presence of the Self or true nature of each human being whose well-being is not only independent of their life situations but even of the passing thoughts, feelings and sensations that are the sole focus in psychology.

For thirty years Patrick Jones has been involved in the research and development of quality of life and well-being programs focusing on inner happiness and has co-administered and clinically tested these programs to thousands of people. With postgraduate degrees across both psychology and theology, his approach is that well-being should only be derived from the internal and unchanging natural state of a human being – their true nature.

To further promote this he has delivered academic papers at over a dozen state, national and international conferences. These have included the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Conference, the Annual Australian Quality of Life Conference and the International Conference of Applied Psychology (ICAP). His programs have been delivered one-on-one, corporately and academically to thousands of people.

The work of Enlightenment Psychology continues to research and develop new avenues to contribute to the field of awareness and well-being. Patrick Jones worked for twenty years  as a clinical psychologist before retiring to focus his attention on teaching and on his academic research into the foundations of well-being. Through his ongoing research and academic papers he aims to raise greater awareness about the possibility of every human being to awaken to the essential equilibrium and unchanging happiness of their true nature.

To learn more about the research on inner well-being or to contact Patrick email: service@clearmindopenheart.org.

Patrick Jones Heroism Conference Power Point Slides

For a copy of the power point slides of the paper presented by Patrick Jones at the Heroism Science Conference 2016 please click on the link below. Patrick Jones Mindfulness-based heroism

To learn more about the conference please click on the following link:

https://heroismscience.wordpress.com/conferences/1094-2/

Or for a blog about the conference click the following link: http://www.lab-tajribi.com/blog/review-heroism-science-conference/

Patrick Jones training the Cancer Council (2012) on Mindfulness and Inner Well-Being 

http://www.patrickjones.com.au/mindfulness-and-inner-well-being

 

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