|Professors Todres and Galvin from the Centre for Qualitative Research presented to the Wellbeing across the Lifespan their existential theory of well–being which they call ‘dwelling-mobility’.|
Drawing particularly on Heidegger’s later writings on ‘homecoming’, a theory of well–being was offered that may give directions for transdisciplinary thinking and practice.
Todres, L & Galvin KT (2010) ‘Dwelling – Mobility’: An existential Theory of Well–being. International Journal of Qualitatvie Studies on Health and Well–being, 5 (3). Published online.
In this paper we offer an existential theory of well–being that is guided by Heidegger’s later writings on ‘homecoming’.
We approach the question of what it is about the essence of well–being that makes all kinds of well–being possible. Consistent with a phenomenological approach, well-being is both a way of being- in- the- world, as well as a felt sense of what this is like as an experience. Drawing on Heidegger's notion of Gegnet (abiding expanse), we characterise the deepest possibility of existential well-being as 'dwelling-mobility'. This term indicates both the 'adventure' of being called into expansive existential possibilities, as well as 'being-at-home-with' what has been given. This deepest possibility of well-being carries with it a feeling of rootedness and flow, peace and possibility. However, we also consider how the separate notions of existential mobility and existential dwelling as discrete emphases can be developed to describe multiple variations of well-being possibilities. We wish to show that this theory of well-being has some interesting and valuable practical applications in that various kinds of ‘dwelling’ and various kinds of ‘mobility’ are possible as potential resources in our lives.