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From Morality to Mental HealthVirtue and Vice in a Therapeutic Culture$
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Mike W. Martin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195304713.001.0001

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Meaningful Work

Meaningful Work

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(p.176) 16 Meaningful Work
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From Morality to Mental Health
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Mike W. Martin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195304713.003.0016

The promise of the global economy is matched by its perils to meaningful work: increased layoffs, extended unemployment, job stress from longer working hours and demands for increased productivity, and preoccupation with money in every area of life. An integrated, moral-therapeutic perspective cannot remove these threats, but it can help us cope with them. This chapter illustrates some therapeutic contributions in dealing with moral matters concerning stress and alienation. It begins with Herman Melville's short story, “Bartleby.” It then turns to positive conceptions of mental health in thinking about meaningful work — work that combines ethics with excellence.

Keywords:   alienation, stress, coping, meaning, identity, morality, therapy

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