The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of an understanding of “how the mind works” that has been gaining considerable traction in the coaching world and, increasingly, in the health education sphere.
A brief review of the “Three Principles” understanding of how the mind works (including definitions of the principles of thought, consciousness and mind), and an assessment of the strengths and challenges of this understanding.
Examples are provided of how this approach (labelled an educational initiative rather than a therapy) is being used professionally and how this understanding of how the mind works can make stress, anxiety and work-related problems appear different; recommendations include the establishment of a professional body, and the need for more research around the effectiveness of the approach.
Despite the need for greater professionalisation and more research evidence, the “Three Principles” understanding has huge potential to transform people’s lives – whether at work or home, for individuals with (or without) common mental health problems, and for those with chronic long-term conditions.
Anthony Kessel is also a Consultant in Public Health Medicine at Public Health England. The views presented in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of PHE.
Kessel, A., Neill, M., Marmur, E. and Malik, R. (2017), "A superpower? An educational initiative? Or something else …", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 169-171. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-08-2017-0031Download as .RIS
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