Chapter 1 offers an introduction to this book. Initially a rationale and justification for the approach taken within this book is provided which includes why mental wellbeing is a suitable topic for this type of discussion now. This is followed by a brief description of phenomenological psychology, leading to a short explanation of the different ways of knowing developed by Carper (1978). One of these, aesthetic (intuitive) ways of knowing, was highlighted as a component of the phenomenological psychology approach.

A summary of this first half is then provided which explains how the understanding of phenomenological psychology and ways of knowing have been used within the book. The second half of the chapter provides a brief summary of the rest of the chapters in the book finishing with the boundaries and limitations.