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The Good LifeUnifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being$
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Michael Bishop

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199923113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.001.0001

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The Network Theory of Well-Being

The Network Theory of Well-Being

(p.7) Chapter 1 The Network Theory of Well-Being
The Good Life

Michael A Bishop

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a simple and succinct introduction to the network theory of well-being. If you were to describe a person with well-being, you would describe a host of objective and subjective facts about the person, including (1) positive feelings, moods, emotions (e.g., joy, contentment), (2) positive attitudes (e.g., optimism, hope, openness to new experiences), (3) positive traits (e.g., friendliness, curiosity, perseverance), and (4) successful interactions with the world (e.g., strong relationships, professional accomplishment, fulfilling hobbies or projects). These elements are nodes in a causal network. Each node is causally connected to some of the other nodes—it fosters some and is fostered by others. The network theory holds that to have well-being is to instantiate a positive causal network or fragments of a positive causal network.

Keywords:   well-being, positive causal network, network theory

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