What is Psychological Health? - Definition & Topics

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  • 0:03 What Is Psychological Health?
  • 1:18 Emotional Health
  • 1:57 Behavioral Health
  • 2:50 Social Health
  • 3:34 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of psychological health, and you'll gain an understanding of the wide breadth of topics this field encompasses.

What Is Psychological Health?

It wasn't all too long ago that the only health your doctor would've considered seriously was that of your body. So, if you came in with a complaint of a broken bone or a bruised leg, then they would be able to help you. But if you came in complaining of a broken heart or a bruised ego, they may have stared at you blankly.

That's because psychological health, in other words mental health, was at one point not taken nearly as seriously as it is today. Today, doctors pay more attention to a person's emotions and behaviors as indicators of potential health issues than ever before.

Proper psychological health involves a normal emotional, behavioral, and social maturity to a person. This means such a person is in a healthy state of mental well-being, one that they can use to function normally in society and during everyday events. They have good emotional health, the kind affecting how we feel. They also have good behavioral health, involving how we act. Finally, they have great social health, the kind that involves our interactions with others.

Let's look at some examples of these.

Emotional Health

Bill is visiting a psychologist to help him control his anger. Anger is a kind of emotion that involves a person's dislike towards a person or object, especially when they feel like that person or object did something wrong. For example, anger can be directed at a person that has insulted you or it can be directed, as many of us can attest to, toward the computer when it fails to boot up in 5 seconds instead of 6. The computer is totally trying to make us angry! A psychologist can help a person manager their anger through various methods, including relaxation techniques.

Behavioral Health

Annie doesn't have anger problems; however, she does have to deal with a coworker who constantly bullies her. Yep, bullying isn't limited solely to kids. That's because bullying is an aggressive behavior that kids and adults employ to constantly and intentionally cause another person physical or psychological discomfort. Bullying in the workplace causes Annie a lot of hurt and a lack of commitment to her daily work, and is even pushing her out the door to seek greener pastures.

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