Self-Actualization as a Predictor of Flourishing
Available Online August 2019.
- https://doi.org/10.2991/iciap-18.2019.87How to use a DOI?
- flourishing, self-actualization, well-being, PERMA
- Psychology has directed much of its attention to repairing the damage within certain disease models and has therefore neglected to consider the effects that a fulfilled individual can have on the prevention of pathologies. It has been observed that high levels of well-being, or flourishing, can act as a buffer against mental illness. Flourishing has five pillars; positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning in life, and accomplishments (PERMA). The eudaimonic approach to well-being suggests that psychological health can be achieved by fulfilling one’s potential or realizing one’s true nature, and self-actualization refers to the desire for self-fulfillment and the actualization of potential. Therefore, this study examined the degree to which self-actualization was a predictor of the PERMA flourishing dimensions. The PERMA-Profiler was used to measure flourishing and the Short Index of Self-Actualization was used to measure self-actualization in 147 undergraduate students aged from 18 to 24 years. Simple linear regression analysis was then used to analyze the data from which it was found that self-actualization significantly and negatively contributed to all flourishing dimensions; 18.3% to Positive Emotions, 15.4% to Engagement, 16.6% to Relationships, 19.7% to Meaning, and 15.4% to Accomplishment; which was speculated to be because of the tendency of highly self-actualized individuals to maintain their individuality even in interdependent, collectivist cultures, have a greater concern about the future than fully engaging in the present, and pursuing goals to gain rewards from their group rather than to realize their true nature or for self-fulfillment.
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TY - CONF AU - Evanytha AU - Evanytha PY - 2019/08 DA - 2019/08 TI - Self-Actualization as a Predictor of Flourishing BT - 2nd International Conference on Intervention and Applied Psychology (ICIAP 2018) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 1052 EP - 1061 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/iciap-18.2019.87 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/iciap-18.2019.87 ID - Evanytha2019/08 ER -