Michael Musalek

Michael Musalek

Austria - Vienna


Michael Musalek is Specialist for Psychiatry and Neurology and Specialist for Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutic Medicine; Psychotherapist; Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine, Vienna; Past General Medical Director of the Anton Proksch Institute, Vienna; Professor at the Sigmund Freud University, Vienna; Chairman of the Institute for Social Aesthetics and Mental Health of the Sigmund Freud University Vienna; Chairman of the Institute for Social Aesthetics and Mental Health of the Sigmund Freud University, Berlin;
President European Society for Aesthetics and Medicine. Past President of the Austrian Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy; Board Member of the European Psychiatric Association for 25 years; Chairman of the Section Psychopathology of the European Psychiatric Association; Chairman of the Section Clinical Psychopathology of the World Psychiatric Association; Member of the Ethics Committee of the European Psychiatric Association; Honorary Member of the World Psychiatric Association; Standing Committee for Education, World Psychiatric Association;

He has  published more than 300 scientific publications and is editor respectively scientific board member of various scientific and clinical journals;

His main scientific fields of interests are: social aesthetics, phenomenology of mental disorders; mental health sciences, theoretical psychopathology, medical humanities, clinical diagnostics and treatment research, addiction research.


- General Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Sigmund Freud University (SFU) Vienna
- Institute für Social Aesthetics and Mental Health, SFU Vienna/Berlin
- Ethics Committee, European Psychiatric Association
- Standing Committee for Education, World Psychiatric Association

Areas of expertise

- Social aesthetics
- Phenomenology of mental disorders
- Mental health sciences
- Theoretical psychopathology
- Medical humanities
- Clinical diagnostics and treatment research


Effects of well-being, happiness and hope on longevity

Effects of Well-Being, Happiness, and Hope on Longevity

As we know from numerous studies Well-Being, Happiness, Hope and Health are closely interconnected and interacting in many ways. According to the constitution preamble of the World Health Organization of 1948, health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely as the absence of disease or infirmity. If we define health in this way, the question arises how to ascertain well-being. To summarize the manifold publications on this question we may recognize two major traditions of explanation. One tradition has its origin in the publication “A Theory of Health” presented by the American philosopher of science, technology, and medicine, Caroline Whitbeck.  She understands health as the ability to act or participate autonomously and effectively in a wide range of activities. The other tradition has its basis in Lennard Nordenfelt’s book “On the Nature of Health”.  The Swedish philosopher defines health with a person’s ability to achieve “vital goals”, whereby these vital goals are “a state of affairs that is necessary for the realization of this person’s state of minimal long-term happiness”. Hope is the indispensable fertile ground for the autonomous development of a joyful life in all its facets. Therefore hope, happiness and well-being all together are essential for a healthy flourishing longevity.