Founded by Tommaso Palumbo in June 1991, Phemiology is the study of human nature
and communication to prevent and overcome psychological problems.
Phemiology is here to help people enjoy a better quality of life.
"Phe" is pronounced as in "Fellow", and the term Phemiology comes from the Greek words
"Phemis" (thing said) and "Logos" (the study of something, the rationale behind the essence of man).
Phemiology adopts the Seven Elements' Approach, which differs
substantially from mainstream psychological approaches when it comes to:
1. The value of prevention
We believe that basic emotional & rational skills should be taught at school to all students in the 16-18 age range.
Beyond the obvious benefits in terms of wellbeing, such targeted investment in prevention would save goverments
and private companies billions in healthcare funds and lost productivity due to absence from work and poor performance.
2. The uniqueness of each person
We believe that psychological issues should be addressed by taking into account the uniqueness of each person.
Standardised forms and computer-generated procedures, so much loved by therapists employed by national
health services, are not suited to capture the uniqueness of our personal problems.
3. The emphasis on what makes us human
We believe that wellbeing is about human personal development, not long-term, and often unquestioned,
assumption of medications. It is a cultural endeavour, not a technical one. We are humans, not machines.
We don't need to be fixed. We thrive when we learn and grow.