Self-transcendence: A salutogenic process for well-being

Pamela G. Reed, Gørill Haugan

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Self-transcendence is a concept relevant to understanding how human beings attain or maintain well-being. Not surprisingly, it is similar to other concepts that are in some way linked to human well-being. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss self-transcendence particularly for its empirical support and practical relevance in promoting well-being across the health continuum. Increasing understanding and generating new ideas about self-transcendence may also facilitate continued research into self-transcendence and identification of health-promoting interventions and practices that foster well-being, particularly in difficult life situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHealth Promotion in Health Care - Vital Theories and Research
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030631352
ISBN (Print)9783030631345
StatePublished - Apr 12 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Inherent capacity for self-organizing
  • Personal and contextual factors
  • Salutogenic resource
  • Self-boundaries
  • Self-transcendence
  • Vulnerability
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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