The Best within Us: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Eudaimonia

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<strong>Alan S. Waterman</strong>, PhD, is a personality and developmental psychologist. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA in 1966. He is currently Professor Emeritus in Psychology at The College of New Jersey, USA. He has served as president of the Society of Research in Identity Formation (SRIF) and is currently serving as editor of <em>Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research</em>, a journal sponsored by SRIF. He is a fellow in APA Divisions 7 (Developmental Psychology) and 24 (Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology). His interests include the philosophical foundations of personality theories and empirical research on identity formation; the quality of identity choices; and, more broadly, quality-of-life.

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The Best Within Us explores the many ways the philosophic concept of eudaimonia is being employed in psychology.

Eudaimonia is an ancient philosophy that today informs the field of positive psychology, specifically in the study of flourishing and the fulfillment of potentials, identity development, happiness, and well-being. Eudaimonic functioning not only yields quality of life benefits to the individual, it also contributes to caring, intimate personal relationships, and engagement in prosocial activities.

This book is for personality and social psychologists with teaching and research interests in positive psychology, happiness, well-being, self-acceptance and self-esteem, identity, meaning in life, self-determination and autonomy, and motivation. It is also for graduate students seeking research ideas pertaining to quality of life.

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