Using 7x4-fields to organize scientific data regarding psychic malaise, mental disorders and negatively exceptional behaviour

Juhani Heiska

The 7x4-field is a tool for analysing and describing reasons for mental disorders, illnesses, abnormalities and malaise, as well as human distress in general. It has been developed on the basis of practical mental health work and numerous interviews, as well as for example using a factor analysis. It is also suitable for dealing with various processes of distress and mental wellbeing. It provides a broader view of these processes than can be achieved with certain kinds of still images. This article examines the observation that many scientific results of reasons for pain describe the same elements that are presented in a 7x4-field’s squares and how to make use of the results in education, cultural studies, as well as other studies.

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