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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-24

What makes people healthy, happy, and fulfilled in the face of current world challenges?


MD, PhD. Department of Psychiatry, Campus Box 8134, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA

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C Robert Cloninger
Department of Psychiatry, Campus Box 8134, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 6311
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1229.109288

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Recent research on the relations of personality to well-being shows that the people who are most healthy, happy and fulfilled are those who are high in all three of the character traits of self-directedness, cooperativeness, and self-transcendence as measured by the Temperament and Character Inventory. In the past, the healthy personality has often been considered to require only high self-directedness and high cooperativeness. However, now the self-centred behaviour of people who are low in self-transcendence is degrading the conditions needed for sustainable life by all human beings. Consequently, human beings need to and can develop their capacity for self-transcendence in order to maintain their individual and collective well-being.


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