[This is] the doctrine that we cannot accept the command of an authority, however exalted, as the ultimate basis of ethics. For whenever we are faced with a command by an authority, it is our responsibility to judge whether this command is moral or immoral. The authority may have power to enforce its commands, and we may be powerless to resist. But unless we are physically prevented from choosing the responsibility remains ours. It is our decision whether to obey a command, whether to accept authority. - Immanuel Kant
The aim of "Zest: the Book Project" is to provide a growing self-help workbook covering key areas relevant for health & wellbeing. My hope is that this format will make the information easily available both for other health professionals and for all of us who want to live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives.
The first phase of the Project involves providing links under each chapter heading to material that has already been published on this website. The second phase (which overlaps a bit with the first) is the writing of new material for each chapter.
As a health professional, I'm a bit unusual in having trained both as a medical doctor and as a psychotherapist. My interests are broad, ranging from physical health & lifestyle, through ways of preventing & treating psychological disorders, to a fascination with the health benefits of relationships, and an awareness of emerging work on meditation & positive psychology. Besides being a clinician with over 40 years of experience, I also read a great deal of research.
As I'm also working full time seeing clients & teaching, writing this book needs to fit in around the edges of what time is available. My rough guess is that the Project will take about four years, with completion aimed for late 2021. We'll see!