Work and Mental Health

  • Ilse Vivien Colett


Work plays a central role in both normal human development and in the restoration to health of people suffering from disabling emotional problems. Freud pointed to the importance of work in his famous assertion that it is one of the two components essential to mental health. Erikson1 has extended this idea in his notion of industry — the capacity to do sustained and goal directed work — as a basic component of the healthy ego. Developmental psychologists; e.g., White, have emphasized the need of every growing child for the experience of efficacy or competence that comes from seeing things change or happen as a result of one’own effort.


Mental Health Social Contract Positive Mental Health Adaptive Skill Frustration Tolerance 
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  1. 1.
    E. H. Erikson, “Childhood and Society”, Norton, New York (1950).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    J. A. Rawls, “A Theory of Justice”, Harvard University Press, Cambridge (1971).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    S. I. Freud, “Civilization and Its Discontents”, Hogarth, London (1930).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ilse Vivien Colett
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California Medical SchoolSan FranciscoUSA

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