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Enter Academics Rather Than Becoming a Private Practitioner

You will have greater job flexibility in this salaried position because of the additional time for teaching and research. Unlike private practice, there is much less emphasis in academic medicine on productivity and seeing as many patients as possible. In fact, female physicians practicing in medical schools and teaching hospitals reported the most happiness with their specialty choice.15

The foundations of goalbased thinking

The philosophical idea that underpins this argument is that the proper aim of humankind is to maximize happiness. The idea's classical formulation is known as utilitarianism. This is an approach to decision-making that has a place by right in our consideration of research, since research is about seeking and finding goals, or outcomes. Hence it is important to understand the implications of trying to maximize happiness. In what follows we will consider this approach to moral thinking, and discuss its origins, strengths and weaknesses. In so doing we will see in which ways the approach can be genuinely useful to the ethics of research, and in which ways detrimental. 2. The principle of utility is the foundation of the present work it will be proper therefore at the outset to give an explicit and determinate account of what is meant by it. By the principle of utility is meant that principle which approves or disapproves of every action whatsoever, according to the tendency which it...

Utility Of Gastronomical Knowledge

Gastronomical knowledge is necessary to all men, for it tends to augment the sum of happiness. This utility becomes the greater in proportion as it is used by the more comfortable classes of society it is indispensable to those who have large incomes, and entertain a great deal, either because in this respect they discharge an obligation, follow their own inclination, or yield to fashion.

The foundations of dutybased thinking

Utilitarianism asks no more of us as moral agents than that we consider the outcome of our actions. Provided that its outcome maximizes happiness, an action is morally justified. We are not asked to give an account of the rightness of the action itself. There are no principles to refer to for that sort of judgement. The last chapter found that the goals of research are important issues morally, but it is not enough to identify a good goal for research and leave the moral consideration at that, even if the related issues of scientific method and the dissemination of results are satisfactorily included. The conduct of the research itself has to be subjected to moral constraints. The example quoted from the Nuremberg Trials helped to show why. If someone's focus as a researcher is only on the outcome of her research, she is going to miss the ethical implications of what she has to do to arrive at that result. Goal-based morality cannot help us think about the ethics of the research...

Refinement of Emotion

The next phase, refinement, involves modification of emotional signals (such as crying) to produce more refined signals (such as more precise, verbal expressions of discomfort). Refinement is clearly influenced by cultural and family modeling as well as direct training. Consider the parent who counsels a wailing three-year-old, saying, I can't help you if you don't tell me what is wrong or who simply refuses to respond to nonspecific whining until the need is clarified. Refinement also involves learning to use emotions appropriately, in line with social expectations. Sometimes, emotions are minimized, exaggerated, or covered, depending on circumstances. Our earlier example was one of refinement Jason learned to cover a particular emotion, in line with what he considered a social expectation. That learning has had considerable impact to this day. Refinement also involves the attaching of feelings to particular contexts and situations. During childhood, we learn to attach happiness,...

Psychosocial Problems Associated with Communicative Disorders

A few studies have examined the long-term psychosocial outcomes of individuals with speech and or language impairment as they enter adulthood. For example, Records, Tomblin, and Freese (1992) examined quality of life in a group of 29 young adults (mean age, 21.6 years) with specific language impairment and 29 controls. The groups did not significantly differ on reported personal happiness or life satisfaction. Additionally, differences were not observed with respect to satisfaction in relation to specific aspects of life, such as employment or social relationships.

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The latest research suggests that different parts of the brain may process emotions differently. Scientists have found that the frontal lobes of the left hemisphere display more electrical activity when subjects experience positive emotions such as enthusiasm or happiness, and the frontal lobes of the right hemisphere display more electrical activity when the subjects experience negative emotions such as disgust or sadness.

Treat the Whole Thing as an Experiment

Many people think that emotions are based solely on events. If something bad happens, it seems that bad emotion will ensue. In addition, happiness seems to come from positive circumstances. This makes it even easier to understand why failure is so commonly feared. No one wants to experience the negative emotions that are sure to follow, not to mention the fiscal or relational damages that might occur.

Dutybased moralitys theoretical basis summarized

Morality is from Kant, who argues that, nature having endowed us with reason, we are bound to live dutifully, according to the moral law, rather than seek our own happiness. Reason is autonomous in that it can determine what is absolutely true by its own light, and not by virtue of some other agency which will be unreliable because of being external. Reason seeks to direct the will by means of the moral law. The moral law is formulated by Kant as the categorical imperative, that is, it must be obeyed by the precepts of reason. The categorical imperative is to act only according the maxims that can become universal laws, and only if we can consistently will that those maxims governing our actions should become universal laws.

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When a cure is impossible, it is the duty of the physician to bring contentment, comfort or even happiness to his patients to lighten their affliction. But this does not mean necessarily that he should limit living to prolong life. Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital 50 4 (i932)

Essential Leadership Skills for Setting an Example

Managers should do everything possible to avoid the frustration that ensues when resources and demands are not sufficiently balanced. Part of human happiness depends on not feeling overburdened, say LaFasto and Larson (2001). While skimpy resources are a fact of life in many industries, including health care, it is management's responsibility to balance demands against the resources that are available. This may include discussions with staff to get their input on the need for more resources, increased education and training, or additional team members (LaFasto and Larson, 2001). After all, nurses, when asked, identified staffing shortages as one of the drivers of their worry about their job and, more important, their license. When staff was short, the nurses felt care was compromised and their ability to provide competent care was at risk (Cline, Reilly, and Moore, 2003).

Human Behavioral Variety

Do you tend to be a happy person If so, you can count your lucky genes, according to a recent study of identical and fraternal twins in which more than 50 percent of the variation in the set-point of human happiness was estimated to have a genetic basis.11 Do you tend to be anxious, alienated, and nonresilient to stress If so, you may curse your genetic fate, according to studies of monozygotic and dizygotic twins in which heritabilities greater than 50 percent were reported.12 Are you musically inclined If so, sing a song of praise to your genes that early in life may have influenced the developing suite of neuronal connections in your brain in ways that fostered the acquisition of musical skills.

The Face as a Reflection of the Inner Person

Modern social psychologists fault Darwin's methods and some anthropologists doubt his conclusions, but Paul Ekman (1993, 1999), using modern, more refined techniques, replicated the main findings of Darwin. Ekman collected photographs of people expressing six emotions (happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, and surprise) and showed them to inhabitants of many cultures, including the remote Fore foragers of Papua New Guinea. These diverse subjects were asked to label the emotion being expressed or make up a story about what the person in the picture had just gone through. As an example of the response he got, a Fore subject might respond to the fear photograph with He must have seen a boar. Ekman then reversed the process and asked the native to act out how he might look if your friend has come and you are happy, you are angry and about to fight, and so on. The correspondence between the photograph of facial expression and the emotion being expressed was remarkably similar across...

About the Romantic Relationship Scale

Think of, and many that you would never think of. One of the most prolific of these researchers, Ellen Berscheid, along with her colleagues Mark Attridge and Susan Sprecher, developed this Romantic Relationship Scale to measure two basic components of romantic love dependency and insecurity. Berscheid agreed with other love researchers that dependency was an almost essential element of romantic love, but she was not certain about the role of insecurity. While it seems possible that one could be dependent on a partner while not feeling insecure about the relationship, it does make sense that one would worry about a relationship that one was dependent upon for happiness. The Romantic Relationship Scale has been used in a number of studies to learn more about how this all works. Let us take a look at what we have learned. It is important to understand that this is a subjective dependence specific to the love relationship and not a more general dependence that affects all relationships....

Toward Enhanced Proximate Meaning

Justment of environments, or both.14 We can contemplate the conscious modification of our genes to better suit our physical and cultural environments, or the modification of our physical and social environments to better suit our genes. An assumption underlying either approach is that the prospects for human happiness and satisfaction in this life are enhanced by an appropriate match, or fit, between our evolved genetic endowments and the environments to which they are exposed.15

The three approaches combined

Although libraries of books have been written about versions of these three approaches, and indeed about other ways of thinking morally about actions, the three-approaches model works well for the purposes of considering the ethics of research on humans because it can form a framework for ethical review of research projects. Rather than try to decide which of the three approaches is the best one, I have found that all three approaches have their place in the decision-making process. Each is deficient in some way, but the deficiency is made up by the other two. Hence, the failure of goal-based morality to consider the content of the action which leads to greater happiness would mean that some morally abhorrent acts might be countenanced. Duty-based morality fills in the gap, because it asks that actions in general adhere to certain moral principles, among which would include not deliberately harming anyone when acting. On its own, duty-based morality can be blinkered, in that the moral...

Differences between DMotivation and BMotivation

Lower-order needs occur earlier in the development of the individual and lower in the phylogenetic chart (which compares species). Because they are necessaiy for survival, lower-order needs cannot be postponed as easily as higher-order needs, and they feel more urgent when unmet. Maslow (1954 1987, p. 57) cited an example Respect is a dispensable luxury when compared with food or safety. Luxuiy or not, living at the level of higher-order needs brings better physical health and greater subjective happiness and serenity.

Concluding Thoughts

If such metaphors are to be used at all, I prefer another version the terraced slope. In this image, societies would use scientific evidence and reason as bases for enlightened decisions regarding human genetic engineering and would consciously choose to move toward terraces on the mountain deemed to be of net societal benefit (while giving due respect and safety to opposing stances). All societal decisions would continually be subject to revision in the light of empirical experience, and the desirable terraces to be settled upon perhaps adjusted accordingly. Furthermore, this metaphor makes no implicit assumption about the starting point (i.e., the present human condition). In other words, where we are now in terms of gross human happiness and well-being, relative to what might be achieved through genetic engineering, might be near the top of the mountain, but it also might be near the bottom, or anywhere in between. The terraced-slope metaphor places a high premium on societal...

About the Survey of Personal Beliefs

A second, and in my mind an especially common irrational belief, is that all problems have good solutions. In my experience as a therapist, I have seen many clients who seek help, believing the perfect answer to their dilemma is just waiting to be found. The truth is that many problems simply do not have good solutions and we must settle for the least onerous alternative. The middle-aged woman married to a philanderer who is a good father and a kind companion must decide which alternative, none of which are good, works best for her. And then she must remind herself that while it is unfortunate that her husband is a womanizer, it is not the end of the world. By making the best of whatever alternative she does select, she has an excellent chance of experiencing joy and happiness again. If you did score below the 30th percentile on this test, the odds are good that you could have a more satisfying life by modifying the things you say to yourself. The first step is to use your responses...

Concept of Humanity

Harri Stack Sullivan

In general, Fromm was both pessimistic and optimistic. On one hand, he believed that most people do not accomplish a reunion with nature or other people and that few people achieve positive freedom. He also had a rather negative attitude toward modern capitalism, which he insisted was responsible for most people's feeling isolated and alone while clinging desperately to the illusion of independence and freedom. On the other hand, Fromm was hopeful enough to believe that some people will achieve reunion and will therefore realize their human potential. He also believed that humans can achieve a sense of identity, positive freedom, and growing individuality within the confines of a capitalistic society. In Man for Himself (1947), he wrote I have become increasingly impressed by . . . the strength of the strivings for happiness and health, which are part of the natural equipment of people (p. x).

Positive Regard Self Esteem and Romantic Relationships

Although conflict was related to relationship satisfaction, it was not uniquely related That is, it did not explam any variance over and beyond the facilitative conditions. Once facilitative conditions are held constant, there is no significant association between conflict and relationship satisfaction. Finally, as hi the first study by Cramer (2003a), there was no significant correlation between self-esteem and relationship satisfaction. Cramer concluded These findings imply that encouraging or teaching people to be more accepting and understanding of their romantic partner may increase then partner's satisfaction with the relationship more than focushig on how to reduce the negative conflict (2003b, p. 96). Rogers's focus on empathy, positive regard and congruence as facilitators of happiness seems to garner support from these findings.

Generativity and Life Changes

Results supported the first prediction that integrative themes would correlate with ego-development but not with life satisfaction and that the three other themes (intrinsic, agentic, and communal) were related to life satisfaction. Participants with the highest levels of ego development had transition stories that emphasized learning and integrating new perspectives of self and others. In contrast, participants whose transition stories emphasized the importance of personal happiness, meaningful relationships, and contributing to society had higher levels of well-being (p. 587). Results partially supported the second prediction that is, religion changers were more likely to have communal growth themes, but career changers were not more likely to have agentic themes. In addition, and somewhat unexpected participants undergoing religion changes were more likely to mention integrative themes than career changers, perhaps reflecting the fact that religious institutions emphasize the role...

About the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale

One of the most important findings to emerge from Barratt's research is that impulsiveness must be considered in the context of other personality variables. To illustrate, let us consider his current area of interest, impulsive aggression. Impulsive people are not necessarily more aggressive than nonimpulsive people, but impulsive, angry people are likely to lash out unexpectedly. I once saw a client who fit Barratt's description like a glove. John, as I'll call him, had some problems with his impulsivity, but he was a hardworking, generally stable man. His most serious flaw was his quick temper. It was a constant struggle to keep a lid on his anger, but in most situations he was quite successful in doing so. The one important exception was any discussion with his wife in which she conveyed even the smallest hint of criticism. Whenever they would begin to talk about a problem, John would feel his anger intensifying almost immediately. He would try to remain calm, but he was like a...

Genetic Sovereignty

Tellegen, Happiness is a Stochastic Phenomenon, Psychological Sci. 7 (1996) 186-189. In contrast to the large genetic influence on happiness or well-being, the authors report that none of the following could account for more than about 3 percent of the interperson variance in general sense of contentment socioeconomic status, educational attainment, family income, marital status, or degree of religious commitment. Although each person's happiness fluctuates in response to life's contingencies, these transitory oscillations appear to center around a stable temperamental set point characteristic of each individual. See also D. G. Myers and E. Diener, Who Is Happy Psychological Sci. 6 (1995) 10-19.

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Laughter is also quite common, which seems to be a reaction to physical or mental stimuli. Although As children experience a variety of emotions, continual happiness is most common. parents may first notice this laughter at the age of one to three months. Giggling, chortling, and constant smiling soon develop and appear to represent normal reflexive laughter, but cooing and babbling are delayed. Other symptoms include

Components of Psychological Health

Compton (2001) set out to rectify these two shortcomings in the mental health and well-being literature. More specifically, he argued that current research on psychological well-being most consistently shows two core components subjective well-being (happiness and life satisfaction) and personal growth (self-actualization, personality development, purpose in life), hi addition, he believed that having an other-directed (compassionate) sense of religiosity would form a third fundamental dimension of mental health. Compton tested these hypotheses by administering 10 different measures of psychological well-being to a group of graduate and undergraduate students. A total of 21 disthict scales or subscales were factor-analyzed to quantitatively extract dimensions of well-being. (We discuss factor analysis hi Chapter 14). Results from Ms factor analysis revealed four relatively strong factors (1) subjective well-being or happiness, (2) other-centered religiosity and a lack of social...

Falsebelief Understanding Beliefdesire Understanding And Metacognitive Vocabulary

In 8 out of 24 questions significant differences depending on cognitive competence emerged high level children scored higher than low level children. This occurred when participants were requested to predict the emotions (happiness or sadness) experienced by a story character in front of a closed box apparently containing, respectively, an object he she desired but really containing an object he she disliked or vice versa (question 3), t58 -2.06, -2.06, -2.37, P .01, and when they were requested to justify their answers (question 4), t58 -2.72, -3.02, -3.24, P .01, in 3 out of 4 stories when they were requested to predict the emotion experienced by the story character when he she discovered the real content of the box (question 5 t58 -2.37, P .05) and to justify their responses (question 6 t58 -2.69, P .01) in 1 out of 4 stories. Social competence did not affect responses in Harris's task.

Personality and Disease

Condition to their personal well-being and happiness, hi the original study in Yugoslavia, Type I people were much more likely than others to die of cancer, and Type II people were much more likely to die of heart disease. Type III and Type IV individuals had very low death rates from either cancer or CVD. Grossarth-Maticek, Eysenck, and Vetter replicated this study in Heidelberg, Germany, and found very similar results.

Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood

Of course, feelings of sadness are not completely determined by circumstance. Adversity acts on individuals with particular vulnerabilities and strengths of personality that render them more or less predisposed to un-happiness. Thus, a romantic disappointment that dispirits an overly dependent person may provoke far less distress in someone more naturally self-reliant. Physicians who know their patients well will observe that a reaction of sadness depends as much on an individual's personality as on that person's circumstances. When the reaction seems inappropriately severe and

Pleistocene Flirting Versus Modern Dating

Suppose that the level of fascination, happiness, and good humor that our ancestors felt in another individual's company was a cue that they used to assess the individual's mind and character. If an individual made you laugh, sparked your interest, told good stories, and made you feel well cared for, then you might have been more disposed to mate. Your pleasure in his or her presence would have been a pretty good indicator of his or her intelligence, kindness, creativity, and humor.

The coding of human emotions

Happiness joy The linguist will immediately counter with, Yes, OK, intonation is important, but every linguistic culture and indeed every subculture and maybe every family has its own 'intonational system' that makes the search for cross-cultural universals futile. In response, I maintain only that there is a small number of intonational universals. Of course there are individual and cultural differences, and even a fully-acculturated, finely-tuned musician's ear may not be able to distinguish between a friend's joy, happiness and elation solely on the basis of pitch. At a much cruder level of discrimination, however, I will argue that there are four universals ofintonational phenomena that all normal people understand in a similar way (i) interval dissonance, (ii) the movement away from dissonance (toward unison or toward consonance), (iii) harmonic tension, and (iv) the movement away from tension (toward major or minor resolution).

Domains of Mind as Domains of Science

Universality evidence comes from demonstrating that a behavior or capacity is found in all cultures. Although these behaviors or capacities can be manifested differently, if they are to be part of an evolved domain they must be exhibited by all current human cultures. For implicit psychology, the most consistent universality evidence exists in the area of emotion expression and recognition as well as theory of mind. In terms of emotion, Paul Ekman's work on universality of facial expression of emotion is perhaps best known. Ekman demonstrated that individuals in a preliterate culture (New Guinea) who had never been exposed to Western culture recognized the same facial configuration for the same emotions as individuals in Western cultures do. The situations that elicit these emotions are culturally specific, but once elicited the emotions have the same expressions and are recognized as such. There is cultural variation in the rules for display of emotion in certain settings, but the...

Comparison of Higher and Lower Needs

Second, higher level needs produce more happiness and more peak experiences, although satisfaction of lower level needs may produce a degree of pleasure. Hedonistic pleasure, however, is usually temporary and not comparable to the quality of happiness produced by the satisfaction of higher needs. Also, the satisfaction

Goalbased moralitys theoretical basis summarized

Chapter Two introduced goal-based morality, describing the theories of some of its more famous utilitarian forbears. Utilitarianism considers the outcome of an action to be its moral determinant, rather than the content of the action itself. In simple terms, this means working out the extent to which an action maximizes happiness. Jeremy Bentham thought that each person affected by an action should count as one, so that the more people who were made happy by an action, the more justified it was. This simple theory, although attractive because it requires no complex moral code or belief in a higher authority, nevertheless countenances and even justifies harm to some. It does not seek to condemn any action whatsoever, if it maximizes happiness. In response to this accusation of being open to justifying bad acts for predicted good consequences, rule utilitarianism was proposed. In this theory, rules are applied which are utilitarianly justified if followed, they will lead to the greatest...

Leaders Who Set an Example

Leaders who set an example see what emotions stand in the way of going forward and know what to do about them. Someone may have a consistent problem with anger, for example, that manifests itself in different ways, hindering the person from wanting to do anything the leader suggests. Perhaps an earlier mishap or circumstance led to the ongoing anger. Now, it may be that any stumble along the way results in intense anger toward another person or situation. This emotion as well as others must be recognized and appraised for what they are and, even more important, not swept under the rug. This is hard for many leaders. They assume that a happy employee is a productive employee without stopping to realize that if this were true, production would fail miserably, because employees are not always happy. Happiness is not the only emotion employees feel. Facilitating emotion is not about making people happy but rather about knowing how people and their work are affected...

Three areas of ethical concern in research science best interests and autonomy

Now some would propose that only one of these theories is necessary to make moral decisions. It could be argued, for example, that all that is necessary to decide whether an action is morally right is that its consequences maximize happiness. Or one might decide that all that is needed is to obey some sound principles of duty. Or one might think that, as long as my actions accord with the wishes of those most affected by those actions, then they are morally acceptable. But we have already discovered that the moral questions which arise in the context of research call upon all three of these theories. This means that they all have to be taken seriously, and we have to be able to make them work in combination, or know what to do if they come into conflict.

Biographical Sketch

Personal safety, he was always able to console his companions in exile and set them an example of honest industry. As time rolled on, and his situation became more painful, he sought to find in the new world a repose which Europe denied him he came from Europe, and in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Hartford passed two years teaching the French language, and for a time playing the first violin in the orchestra of the Park Theatre. Like many other emigres, Brillat Savarin ever sought to make the pleasant and the useful coincide. He always preserved very pleasant recollection of this period of his life, in which he enjoyed, with moderate labor, all that is necessary for happiness, liberty sweetened by honest toil. He might say all is well, and to be able to enjoy the breath of my native land would alone increase my happiness he fancied that he saw brighter days with the commencement of Vendemiaire year 5, corresponding to September, of 1796. Appointed by the Directory, as Secretary...


Major depression is a common, often severe, and potentially life-threatening syndrome. Typical features include persistent sadness, excessive self-doubt, diminished mental and physical energy, disturbed sleep and appetite, decreased capacity to experience pleasure, and wishes for death or suicidal ideas. Major depression is not simply a more severe form of ordinary un-happiness. Only 50 percent of patients with major depression ever seek treatment for their illness, and only half of those who do are appropriately diagnosed and treated. In many cases, the first opportunity to detect the illness occurs in primary care settings. The diagnosis of major depression should not be made without a thorough examination of the patients mental state and a careful review of his or her past psychiatric history. Information obtained from members of the patient's family can be crucial for accurate diagnosis. Uncomplicated cases of major depression can be treated by primary care physicians. Treatment...


The major part of the Ancient Scandinavian vocabulary naturally belongs to the common Germanic stock. Some groups of words have, however, taken on specifically Scandinavian shapes, such as the words formed with the suffix -n bjgrn 'bear', grn 'eagle' (Ger. Aar), vatn 'water', etc. More generally, a specifically Scandinavian vocabulary was created by means of productive derivations, such as the *-i i used to derive nouns from adjectives gledi 'happiness, joy' from gladr 'happy, glad', or *-nan to derive inchoative verbs from adjectives bldna 'turn blue', etc. On the other hand, most common Germanic prefixes disappeared in Scandinavian, whereby certain words might become vague or ambiguous, as luka 'close, open', corresponding to Old English belucan 'close' and onlucan 'open'. This was often remedied by the use of adverbial particles luka upp 'open up'. Some verbs became ambiguous between a causative transitive and an intransitive meaning, such as grata 'weep' or 'weep for, bemoan',...

Ila rilyn Monroe

Yet the past does not determine the final outcome, in Adler's theory, for he proposes that a person's creative self can choose what to make of it. Marilyn Monroe continued to try for success, and Adler's theory helps us understand this striving. Why did she not achieve peace and happiness then She donated money to children's orphanages, one mark of a socially useful personality, and she gained the attention and affection of many, but could not hold onto these, perhaps because the alcohol and barbiturates impeded her healthy striving. For whatever reason, Marilyn Monroe died without overcoming the pain left by her childhood sense of neglect, despite the optimism of Adler's theory.


However, closer inspection revealed that although often internal, Taiwanese explanations were often of a different character than those of American children. In particular, Taiwanese children often stated that people do things because they think it is good ( He thinks that it is right to help others My teacher thinks that we should help others ), or because they know that helping others is the source of happiness. American children were more apt to refer to others' desires and preferences in their internal explanations. Clearly the children were socialized to think in different terms about the causes of behaviours.

Pleasure Seekers

Its behavior may look similar, but its experience is very different. Its mate choices are influenced by subjective feelings of pleasure. When an attractive individual performs a charming courtship dance in front of the hot chooser, the hot chooser experiences some combination of aesthetic rapture, curiosity, warmth, happiness, awe, lust, and adoration. These feelings play a direct causal role in the mate choice process. The more pleasure a potential mate arouses in the hot chooser, the more likely that individual is to be chosen. pleasurable. As long as pleasure is defined broadly enough, to encompass everything from a full belly to a fulfilled life, an individual cannot wish for any subjective experience beyond pleasure. For utilitarians who value the greatest happiness for the greatest number, sexual selection driven by pleasure is a dream come true.


Both in the animal kingdom and in human society, moments of victory (implying dominance and happiness) or defeat (implying submission and sadness) are experienced in small ways on a daily basis. Just as assuredly as we know when we have scored a social victory or once again made an embarrassing faux-pas, we often know without theoretical analysis or mathematical calculation when pitch combinations ring major or minor. This musical perceptual ability is undoubtedly strengthened through musical education and passive absorption of the dominant music played in the all-pervasive electronic media, but an understanding of harmony is not unique to the trained musician the ability to distinguish between resolved and unresolved chords and between major and minor chords is a cognitive skill common to all normal adults.

Face Perception

Acteristics of the person, such as age and sex. To the extent that we need to respond to different people differently, we must distinguish and categorize them. The face is the primary means of doing this. The face also carries information about the psychological relations of the person. Emotional expressions, both as broad categories such as happiness, sadness, and anger and also in the exquisite subtlety of their variation, can be read in the face. The actor's goals and intentions can be partially discerned from eye direction.

Mandatory reporting

Ing from one topic to another), often with a grandiose trend. In mania, the following disturbances in the ideational sphere may be present overproductivity, flight of ideas, distractibility, leveling of ideas (essentially all topics have about the same value to the patient), ideas of importance and or grandiose ideas (the patient expressing delusions of greatness perhaps in all fields), and feelings of well-being in the sphere of physical excellence. In mania, the following may be present in the emotional field exaggerated feelings of gaiety, well-being, and extreme happiness in consonance with the ideas expressed.

Time Of Rest

In repose our mother nature especially luxuriates. The man who really reposes, enjoys a happiness which is as general as it is indefinable his arms sink by their own weight, his fibres distend, his brain becomes refreshed, his senses become calm, and his sensations obtuse. He wishes for


In empirical studies of twins reared together versus those reared apart, researchers recently employed five different psychometric scales to quantify people's religious interest and propensities for fundamentalism. All scales yielded similar results genetic factors account for approximately 50 of the observed variance. 51 Such findings indicate that measurable variation among individuals in religiosity, like happiness, mode of response to stress, cognitive ability, and assertiveness, may be attributable in no small part to variation among individuals in genetic endowment.

Darwinian History

When we study sage grouse or elephant seals in their natural habitat, we can be fairly sure that they are striving to maximize their long-term reproductive success. But it is much more difficult to make the same claim for human beings People strive for something, certainly, but it is usually money or power or security or happiness. The fact that they do not translate these into babies is raised as evidence against the whole evolutionary approach to human affairs.59 But the claim of evolutionists is not that these measures of success are today the tickets to reproductive success but that they once were. Indeed, to a surprising extent they still are Successful men remarry more frequently and more widely than unsuccessful ones, and even with contraception preventing this from being turned into reproductive success, rich people still have as many or more babies as poor people


In addition, however, Maslow's need hierarchy suggests another implication that people whose needs are satisfied are able to turn away from consumer values in order to seek satisfaction of other needs. Research indicates that money doesn't raise people's level of happiness, except, of course, for the poor, for whom additional money does increase happiness by permitting need satisfaction (L.A. King & Napa, 1998 Myers & Diener, 1995). In social circumstances that are economically secure, a movement toward voluntary simplicity often emerges, in which people voluntarily turn away from consumption toward other values, including the arts and education choices that have beneficial consequences for the environment and for the economic well-being of those less well off (Etzioni, 1998).

Positive Psychology

The field of positive psychology at the subjective level is about valued subjective experiences well-being, contentment, and satisfaction (in the past) hope and optimism (for the future) and flow and happiness (in the present). At the individual level, it is about positive individual traits the capacity for love and vocation, courage, interpersonal skill, aesthetic sensibility, perseverance, forgiveness, originality, future mindedness, spirituality, high talent, and wisdom. At the group level, it is about the civic virtues and the institutions that move individuals toward better citizenship responsibility, nurturance, altruism, civility, moderation, tolerance, and work ethic, (p. 5) Happiness is not simply the absence of unhappiness. Even at a neurological level, as we saw in Chapter 9, positive and negative emotions are served by different brain pathways. At the level of a life narrative, happiness is fostered by finding meaning in one's life (Ryan & Deci, 2001). Warm and supportive...

Prosodic Deficits

Beginning with deficits in the production and perception of affective prosody, one of the salient speech characteristics of individuals who have suffered RHD is a flat affect. That is, in conjunction with a reduction in emotional expression as reflected in facial expressions, clinical impressions suggest that individuals with RHD tend to produce speech that is reduced, if not devoid, of affect. In fact, based on clinical judgments of the speech of RHD patients with varying sites of lesion, Ross (1981) proposed a classification system for affective impairments, or aprosodias, that paralleled the popular aphasia syndrome classification system of Goodglass and Kaplan (1983). Ross's 1981 classification scheme sparked a good deal of research on affective prosodic deficits that ultimately resulted in its abandonment by the majority of investigators. However, the investigations it catalyzed contributed significantly to our understanding of proso-dic impairments much of the work inspired by...

Day of Gratification

Modern culture offers instant gratification of many needs and tempts consumers with a barrage of advertisements for immediate happiness (Goldman, 1996). Our own impulses, too, beg for immediate gratification. In the face of these temptations, delay of gratification, the ability to defer present gratification for larger future goals, is an important adaptational skill that develops in childhood. Mischel and his colleagues explored this self-regulatory system in several studies (e.g., Mischel, 1966, 1974). They gave young children the choice of receiving a small reward (e.g., one marshmallow) immediately or a larger reward (two marshmallows) later. Some children were tested with pretzels instead of marshmallows. By manipulating aspects of the situation and by teaching the children strategies for waiting, Mischel and his colleagues learned what facilitates delay of gratification and what prevents it.

Counselor Congruence

Like most other people, they are constantly exposed to new organismic experiences, but unlike most people, they accept these experiences into awareness, which contributes to then psychological growth. They wear no mask, do not attempt to fake a pleasant facade, and avoid any pretense of friendliness and affection when these emotions are not truly felt. Also, they do not fake anger, toughness, or ignorance, nor do they cover up feelings of joy, elation, or happiness. In addition, they are able to match feelings with awareness and both with honest expression.

The Bulldog

I wonder if it is possible for the mind of man to conceive anything more degradingly offensive than the condition of us 150 men, shut up in this wooden box, being watered with hot water, as we are now. . . . It's too hot to sleep, and my sole amusement consists in watching the cockroaches, which are in a state of intense excitement and happiness.