Guest Lecture: Prof Marius Herholdt


MA (cum laude) in Sociology, DPhil in Philosophy, MTh in Systemic Theology

Wellness is, as affirmed by WHO policies, the new health. The paradigmatic core of wellness is as a systems approach aligned to salutogenic practice.  This constitutes a venture beyond the biomedical model to work with the human organism from the vantage point of organismic integration; i.e. a complex structure of interdependent and subordinate elements whose relations and properties are largely determined by their function in the whole  

The origin of the wellness movement is principally rooted in humanistic psychology, positive psychology, clinical sociology, and transpersonal spirituality.  It aspires to overcome the dichotomy of a dualistic worldview, reductionist ontology and positivistic epistemology underlying orthodox health care failing largely to address the pathological challenges of escalating psychological dysfunction and chronic diseases in the 21st century.

The current academic challenge is to formulate a model consistent with the day to day practices of wellness to serve as a theoretical framework for wellness as a narrative for total health care. A successful model may assist practitioners to better understand their task to enhance total wellbeing, provide focused and informed leadership and manage wellness outlets more effectively.