Wellbeing competence

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This article presents and analyzes the basic features of wellbeing competence. Following a procedural approach to wellbeing, I propose wellbeing competence as a significant object of focus in the philosophical debate on wellbeing. Instead of being concerned one-sidedly with abstract ideals and explicit, theoretical knowledge about what constitutes wellbeing, wellbeing competence is the ability to handle the concrete process of living well and helping others live well in a generally qualified way. This article presents a theory that considers wellbeing competence a complex form of knowing how. Further, it outlines central aspects and components of wellbeing competence. I suggest four components to play central functional roles in wellbeing competence when supplementing each other: Empathy, emotional awareness, flexible perspective, and metacognition.

Udgave nummer2
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 11 apr. 2022


  • Wellbeing
  • Well-being
  • Competence
  • Philosophy of health
  • Happiness
  • Welfare
  • Knowhow
  • Emotional awareness
  • Knowing how
  • Metacognition
  • Procedural approach to wellbeing
  • Flexible perspective
  • Empathy
  • Wellbeing theory

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