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Happiness is everything, or is it? Explorations on the meaning of psychological well-being.
Reigning measures of psychological well-being have little theoretical grounding, despite an extensive literature on the contours of positive functioning. Aspects of well-being derived from thisExpand
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The structure of psychological well-being revisited.
A theoretical model of psychological well-being that encompasses 6 distinct dimensions of wellness (Autonomy, Environmental Mastery, Personal Growth, Positive Relations with Others, Purpose in Life,Expand
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Beyond Ponce de Leon and Life Satisfaction: New Directions in Quest of Successful Ageing
Previous approaches to the study of successful ageing are reviewed. It is argued that there has been an absence of theory guiding this research; an implicit negativism in the proposed conceptions ofExpand
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Know Thyself and Become What You Are: A Eudaimonic Approach to Psychological Well-Being
In an effort to strengthen conceptual foundations of eudaimonic well-being, key messages from Aristotle’s Nichomacean Ethics are revisited. Also examined are ideas about positive human functioningExpand
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Psychological Well-Being in Adult Life
in magnitude of research?studies of psychological problems dwarf the literature on positive psychological functioning?and in the meaning of basic terms (e.g., typical usage equates health with theExpand
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Optimizing well-being: the empirical encounter of two traditions.
Subjective well-being (SWB) is evaluation of life in terms of satisfaction and balance between positive and negative affect; psychological well-being (PWB) entails perception of engagement withExpand
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The Contours of Positive Human Health
The primary objectives of this article are (a) to put forth an explicit operational formulation of positive human health that goes beyond prevailing "absence of illness" criteria; (b) to clarify thatExpand
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Psychological Well-Being Revisited: Advances in the Science and Practice of Eudaimonia
  • C. Ryff
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
  • 2013
This article reviews research and interventions that have grown up around a model of psychological well-being generated more than two decades ago to address neglected aspects of positive functioningExpand
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In the eye of the beholder: views of psychological well-being among middle-aged and older adults.
  • C. Ryff
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychology and aging
  • 1 June 1989
Although the topic of psychological well-being has generated considerable research, few studies have investigated how adults themselves define positive functioning. To probe their conceptions ofExpand
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Possible selves in adulthood and old age: a tale of shifting horizons.
  • C. Ryff
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychology and aging
  • 1 June 1991
Young, middle-aged, and elderly adults (N = 308) evaluated themselves on 6 dimensions of psychological well-being according to present, past, future, and ideal self-assessments. Young and middle-agedExpand
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