This chapter raises some questions about the relations between religion,
culture and mental health.
Does religion cause, exacerbate or relieve mental disorder? And
what role is played by cultural factors in the relations between mental
health and religion? Are religion’s roles in mental health similar in
An underlying task for this book and its readers is to examine several
prevalent ideas and questions about religion and mental health.
PRIOR to this, no complete, authentic, and authorized record of the work of Mr. Edison, during an active life,
has been given to the world. That life, if there is anything in heredity, is very far from finished; and while it
continues there will be new achievement.
An insistently expressed desire on the part of the public for a definitive biography of Edison was the reason
for the following pages. The present authors deem themselves happy in the confidence reposed in them, and in
the constant assistance they have enjoyed from Mr.
A science of positive subjective experience, positive individual
traits, and positive institutions promises to improve
quali~.' of life and prevent the pathologies that arise when
life is barren and meaningless. The exclusive focus on
pathology that has dominated so much of our discipline
results in a model of the human being lacking the positive
features that make life worth living. Hope, wisdom, creativity,
future mindedness, courage, spirituality, responsibility,
and perseverance are ignored or explained as transformations
of more authentic negative impulses.