Human personal and social wellbeing complement physical good health. There are psychological and sociological needs for a good worldview; most of these needs are included in human heritage and the teachings of world religions. Sociological research seems to indicate that the feelings of insecurity and distrust are stronger among the people who least profess belief in a religious or philosophical worldview.
Psychologists researching life satisfaction, on the other hand, have found that having such beliefs increases wellbeing, by providing a sense of life meaning, feelings of hope and trust, a long-term perspective on life's woes, and a sense of belonging to a larger whole. We believe that models of counselling and psychotherapy would be effective if they are sensitive to client’s worldview. Therefore, the OLF has developed an integrated model of counselling and psychotherapy for both mental and social wellbeing.
Sources of extremism, radicalisation, and violence:
A world view is a mental model of reality — a framework of ideas & attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life; a comprehensive system of beliefs — with answers for a wide range of questions, i.e. What are humans, why we are here, and what is our purpose in life? When you make decisions about using time, i.e. your life, what are your values and priorities? Therefore, if our worldview does not answer these questions, other realms of culture will take advantage of the situation by providing answers which may isolate people from their own society. These may include irrational beliefs from much more dangerous sources such as cult creeds, extremist secular ideologies or fundamentalist interpretations of religion that encourage segregation, discrimination, or violence. To maintain good community relations, the OLF has developed models for challenging radical ideologies and perceptions that encourage segregation, discrimination, or violence as well as models for rehabilitation.
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