TRAMES 1/2, 3, 1999
Valdar Parve. Well-being: an essentially fuzzy concept
University of Tartu
'Well-being' is a part of professional conceptual network, which refers
to both physical and mental states of an individual and some societal conditions
of human life as well. There is no single meaning for the term 'well-being'
among the professionals. Nevertheless, the term 'well-being' plays significant
role in the World Health Organisation papers. Though well-being has an
objective component, identical in dissimilar environ-ments: in macrosocial
(e.g. in the established countries and in the countries of post-socialist
transition as well) and in microsocial (e.g. in local cultural and linguistic
groups), similar particular inputs cause diverse results in dissimilar
environments. Well-being has also a necessary subjective component. This
does not exclude the idea that the subjective component of well-being may
be causally determined by the factors from outside any particular human
body. Local linguistic practices, playing language games, and language
transition process are different in dissimilar social environments. They
have an impact on peoples' subjective well-being and they influence peoples'
understanding of well-being both in particular and in general. Caution
is necessary in applying the locally effective measures of well-being and
means for multiplying well-being globally. Conceptual misunderstandings
connected with the obscure term cause the rejection of locally effective
means and acceptance of ineffective means for the increase of well-being.
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