Motivation and emotion/Book/2020/Eudaimonia
Overview[edit | edit source]
The question of what a "good" life consists of and how one may achieve it has almost certainly been on people's minds since human societies were first in a secure enough position to think so far ahead. It is a question that the vast majority of us consider at some point in our lives; what does "success" mean to me? What makes a good life? Am I living as fully as I could be? What can I do to ensure that I'm proud of the life I led when I'm at the end of it? There are many different philosophical schools of thought that address this concern, proposing their ideas about what constitutes a worthwhile existence. One such concept is Aristotle's eudaimonia.
What is eudaimonia and why is the concept useful?[edit | edit source]
Eudaimonia can be translated to "human flourishing" (add source), and is considered the epitome of wellness - true fulfillment.
Aristotle referred to eudaimonia as, "[the] highest of all goods achievable by human action" (Ryff & Singer, 2006, p. 14).
- Etymologyː Greek - "eu"ː good, "daimon"ː spirit (add source)
History[edit | edit source]
Aristotle, Greek philosophy (Stoicism)
Happiness and hedonism[edit | edit source]
Qualitatively different from eudaimonia (Waterman, 1993).
See Figure 1.
Theoretical frameworks and approaches[edit | edit source]
There are a few major theories/approaches that apply well to the research and discussion of eudaimonia.
Self-determination theory (Ryan & Deci, 2006)[edit | edit source]
Autonomy, Competence, Relatedness
Psychological well-being model (Ryff & Singer, 2006)[edit | edit source]
Self acceptance, purpose in life, environmental mastery, positive relationships, personal growth, autonomy (Ryff & Singer, 2006, p. 20).
Maslow's hierarchy of needs[edit | edit source]
Physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, self-actualization.
See Figure 2.
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How can eudaimonia be achieved?[edit | edit source]
- Courage, presence/mindfulness, integrity, self-trust, ambition (being virtuous, considering excess & deficiency - Aristotle and Stoics)
- Intimacy and healthy, meaningful relationships with others
- Disparity between Stoics and Aristotle about what they considered necessary vs a bonus (eg good health)
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
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- This is arguably the most important section.
- What is the answer to the question in the sub-title (based on psychological theory and research)?
- What are the practical, take-home messages?
Eudaimonia is a form of well-being that emphasizes life purpose, meaning and future orientation. It shares similar - with satisfaction, happiness, flourishing, and resilience(?).
Central models and theories to it include self-determination theory, Ryff's psychological well-being model, Diener's ̈model of subjective well-being, and Seligman's concept of authentic happiness.
It can be developed through active focus on meaning (rather than outcome), engaging in experiences of flow, practicing a future orientation (rather than present or past), prosocial behaviour and community engagement.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Eudaimonia (Wikipedia)
- Flourishing (Book chapter, 2018)
- Hedonic treadmill (Book chapter, 2014)
- Meaning and happiness (Book chapter, 2017)
References[edit | edit source]
Ryff, C., & Singer, B. (2006). Know thyself and become what you are: a eudaimonic approach to psychological well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 9(1), 13–39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-006-9019-0
Waterman, A. (1993). Two conceptions of happiness: contrasts of personal expressiveness (eudaimonia) and hedonic enjoyment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 64(4), 678–691. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3518.104.22.1688