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A psychological-enriched version of Tiberiusí value-fulfillment theory of wellbeing


Fabian, M, A psychological-enriched version of Tiberius' value-fulfillment theory of wellbeing, Philosophical Psychology pp. 1-25. ISSN 0951-5089 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09515089.2021.2016678


This paper integrates Valerie Tiberius' theory of wellbeing as value-fulfillment with a range of complementary theories from psychology, especially the psychology of the self. These theories include self-discrepancy theory, self-determination theory, self-verification theory, theories of multiple selves from developmental psychology, and the notion of contingencies of self-worth. Tiberius argues that wellbeing consists in the fulfillment of "appropriate" values, which are those values that are "emotionally, motivationally, and cognitively suited to a person." The psychological theories and empirical results integrated herein provide a great deal of depth regarding how emotions, motivations, and cognitions fit together to guide processes of goal achievements and self-actualization, which is how psychologists speak of value-fulfillment. This depth allows Tiberiusí theory to respond more forcefully to a range of critiques, and also to explain the process by which appropriate values are identified, refined, and affirmed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:psychology of wellbeing, philosophy of wellbeing, interdisciplinary, wellbeing, value-fulfillment, motivation, emotions, self
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophical psychology (incl. moral psychology and philosophy of action)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Health status (incl. wellbeing)
UTAS Author:Fabian, M (Dr Mark Fabian)
ID Code:148575
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:CALE Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-01-25
Last Modified:2022-06-06
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