Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Genetics of Psychological Well-BeingThe role of heritability and genetics in positive psychology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 30 July 2021

Human flourishing and salutogenetics

Human flourishing and salutogenetics

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

Corey L. M. Keyes

Oxford University Press

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .