Toward a developmental psychology of Sehnsucht (life longings): the optimal (utopian) life.

  title={Toward a developmental psychology of Sehnsucht (life longings): the optimal (utopian) life.},
  author={Susanne Scheibe and Alexandra M. Freund and Paul B. Baltes},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  volume={43 3},
The topic of an optimal or utopian life has received much attention across the humanities and the arts but not in psychology. The German concept of Sehnsucht captures individual and collective thoughts and feelings about one's optimal or utopian life. Sehnsucht (life longings; LLs) is defined as an intense desire for alternative states and realizations of life. Presenting a first effort at capturing this phenomenon, the authors conceptualize LLs as composed of 6 interrelated core… Expand
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