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Time to Flourish: Time perspective and level of identity consistency in flourishing individuals

Green, Jessica LU and Soto Thompson, Elin LU (2012) PSPT02 20112
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The study of mental well-being has a long history, but it isn´t until the last decade or so that it has regain interest in psychology with the establishment of positive psychology as a new research discipline. The present research builds on theories of mental well-being as a continuum, in which complete mental health is labeled flourishing and incomplete mental well-being is categorized languishing, people in between are moderately mentally healthy, and relates it to theories of an individual´s time perspective and identity consistency. We propose that flourishing individuals will have a balanced time perspective that allows them to have a positive view of the past, be engaged in the present, and to have a positive framing of the future as... (More)
The study of mental well-being has a long history, but it isn´t until the last decade or so that it has regain interest in psychology with the establishment of positive psychology as a new research discipline. The present research builds on theories of mental well-being as a continuum, in which complete mental health is labeled flourishing and incomplete mental well-being is categorized languishing, people in between are moderately mentally healthy, and relates it to theories of an individual´s time perspective and identity consistency. We propose that flourishing individuals will have a balanced time perspective that allows them to have a positive view of the past, be engaged in the present, and to have a positive framing of the future as well as display a consistency across different social roles. A questionnaire with the scales of MHC-SF, the S-ZTPI, and measures of identity consistency was distributed among commuters (N = 110) on domestic trains in Sweden. The study had no languishing individuals, but the results showed that flourishing individuals tend to have a more positive framing of the future as well as a more consistent identity across different social roles than moderately mentally healthy. Future research should develop the scales as well as explore a possible incongruence between the different subscales of the MHC-SF and its implication for mental well-being. (Less)
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author
Green, Jessica LU and Soto Thompson, Elin LU
supervisor
organization
course
PSPT02 20112
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H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
subject
keywords
positive psychology, well-being, mental health, time perspective, time orientation, identity consistency, MHC-SF, ZTPI, S-ZTPI
language
English
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2335049
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2012-02-06 15:27:23
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2012-02-06 15:27:23
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  abstract     = {The study of mental well-being has a long history, but it isn´t until the last decade or so that it has regain interest in psychology with the establishment of positive psychology as a new research discipline. The present research builds on theories of mental well-being as a continuum, in which complete mental health is labeled flourishing and incomplete mental well-being is categorized languishing, people in between are moderately mentally healthy, and relates it to theories of an individual´s time perspective and identity consistency. We propose that flourishing individuals will have a balanced time perspective that allows them to have a positive view of the past, be engaged in the present, and to have a positive framing of the future as well as display a consistency across different social roles. A questionnaire with the scales of MHC-SF, the S-ZTPI, and measures of identity consistency was distributed among commuters (N = 110) on domestic trains in Sweden. The study had no languishing individuals, but the results showed that flourishing individuals tend to have a more positive framing of the future as well as a more consistent identity across different social roles than moderately mentally healthy. Future research should develop the scales as well as explore a possible incongruence between the different subscales of the MHC-SF and its implication for mental well-being.},
  author       = {Green, Jessica and Soto Thompson, Elin},
  keyword      = {positive psychology,well-being,mental health,time perspective,time orientation,identity consistency,MHC-SF,ZTPI,S-ZTPI},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Time to Flourish: Time perspective and level of identity consistency in flourishing individuals},
  year         = {2012},
}