Monday, January 24, 2011
Psychology Colloquium: Professor Brian Little, Cambridge University
(Hosted by Philip Tetlock)
Title: Well-Being Reconsidered: Personal Projects, Free Traits and the Happiness of Pursuit
Abstract: A social ecological model of well-being is presented that differs in several respects from traditional models. It postulates that relatively stable and flexible features of both persons and contexts play important roles in enhancing well-being. However, the most important influences are the personal projects through which individuals achieve meaning, structure and connection in their daily lives. The results of a series of studies examining the content, appraisal and impact of personal projects support the proposition that well-being comprises the sustainable pursuit of core projects. When intrinsic or extrinsic forces create barriers to project pursuit well-being is compromised and our lives may fall apart.
3:30PM in Stiteler Hall room B6. Refreshments will be served at 3:00PM in Stiteler Hall's Silverstein Forum.