Beyond Well-Being: The Fascination of Risk and of the New Psychological Addictions


Laura Tappatà
Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY038000

In this thought-provoking book, Laura Tappatà brilliantly guides the reader from a description of the existential problem of psychological addictions to a possible solution leading to a potentially positive outcome for the individual. The central theme of the book is anchored in the dismal nature of “postmodern identity” with a focus on searching for meaning in what we are and who we are. This identity is characterized as being narcissistic and fragile, suggesting from the outset that we need to somehow strive for a stronger and more well-defined self in order to, first, survive and, then, possibly thrive emotionally. Living in this postmodern world naturally leads to a superficial existence and the seemingly blind quest of acquiring nonessential and meaningless things designed to bolster our ill-defined, weak and vulnerable self. Although this leads to a false sense of happiness, it does not generate true contentment let alone a sense of well-being. As such, many of us are left to drift with few essential values, certainties and stable points of reference. This book attempts to lead the reader on the path from “the postmodern dependence on psychological addictions” to freedom, the expression of one’s identity and a true sense of well-being. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Chapter 1. Theories and Methods in Health Psychology. In Search of Well-Being

Chapter 2. The Fascination of Risk. A Compulsory Choice for Young People?

Chapter 3. The Post-Modern Identity and Sensation Seeking. A Reflection on Binge Drinking

Chapter 4. The Fascination of the New Non-Drug Addictions




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