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Happiness: Lessons from Positive Psychology
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What is positive psychology? The study of what factors increase or decrease happiness, or “subjective well-being” New and growing area Martin Selgiman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Greater Good Science Center here in Berkeley Methods Large-scale surveys of reported happiness “Experience sampling method” Is this the best way to measure happiness?? E.g. having children and taing care of them doesn’t increase happiness Nisbett and Wilson 1977 So what makes you happy? And what doesn’t?
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What doesn’t make you happy? A lot of the things people think do cause happiness Positive psychology’s big whipping boy: Wealth and income Being homeless or in poverty does reduce your happiness But beyond that, it’s hard to detect an impact of wealth/income on happiness However, this is a heavily contested idea, with evidence on both sides, though more shows NO effect This man is not really happy
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doesn’t make you happy? The Imposter Phenomenon (Clance 1985) Feeling among successful individuals that they do not belong in elite academic or professional settings, waiting to be found out Ironically, success can make you feel like a fake Common among women and minorities, presumably due to social stigmas If you believe this, you are wrong! You do belong here. Walter Robinson
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This note was uploaded on 07/17/2009 for the course SOC 150a taught by Professor Willer during the Spring '09 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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