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Well-Being Reconsidered: Free Traits, Personal Projects and the Happiness of Pursuit

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One of the most enduring and consequential theories of well-being is that it is deeply influenced by stable traits of personality. In this presentation I will prod and poke at this notion of fixed traits of personality and then propose an alternative view. This perspective, a social ecological one, highlights the importance of free traits and personal projects in our personal and professional lives. Free traits, which advance our core personal projects, may enhance our well-being and the prosperity or our institutions. But unless they are managed well, they can also bring us to our knees.

This talk is part of the Well-being Institute Seminars series.

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