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Genetics of Psychological Well-BeingThe role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology$
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Michael Pluess

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686674

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.001.0001

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Human flourishing and salutogenetics

Human flourishing and salutogenetics

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Human flourishing and salutogenetics
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Genetics of Psychological Well-Being
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Corey L. M. Keyes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686674.003.0001

This chapter reviews the underpinnings of positive psychology, and argues for counterbalancing the current emphasis on pathogenesis in behavioral genetics. To that end, this chapter focuses on the concept, measurement, and implications of human flourishing. When combined, hedonic and eudaimonic well-being reflect positive mental health in the same, although obverse, way that depression consists of an-hedonia and malfunctioning. Evidence supports the two-continua model at the phenotypic and genotypic level, meaning the absence of mental disorder and genetic risk of having the disorder do not mean the presence of flourishing or genetic potential for flourishing. Moreover, findings that anything less than flourishing with, or without, a mental disorder results in greater personal and societal burden, as well as the evidence that losses and gains in positive mental health modulate risk for mental illness, make the case for salutogenetics, or the study of the genetic etiology of positive health.

Keywords:   positive mental health, hedonic well-being, eudaimonic well-being, flourishing, two-continua model, salutogenetics

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