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Feel ‘Blah,’ But Not Exactly Depressed? You Could Be Languishing


Feel ‘Blah,’ But Not Exactly Depressed? You Could Be Languishing

May 13, 2022 at 2:16 PM

Languishing, in a psychology context, describes a lack ofmental health.

Psychologist Corey Keyes first introduced the concept of languishing in2002. In an effort to create a more nuanced understanding of mental health besides “good” or “bad,” he divided mental health into four levels:

  • flourishing, or good mental health
  • moderate mental health
  • languishing, or poor mental health
  • depression

Languishing typically marks a decline in your mental health, though you can still function in your day-to-day life. Maybe you’re not going through a major mental health crisis or experiencing overwhelming distress, but your life may not involve much happiness or fulfillment either.

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