September 13, 2019 by John Andrew Williams
In 1989 University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologist Carol Ryff undertook the previously unattempted theoretical challenge of defining the dimensions of psychological well-being. Her resulting publication, “Happiness Is Everything, Or Is It? Explorations on the Meaning of Psychological Well-Being”, first advances the theory of well-being itself, then analyzes the results of a real world study designed to test it.
The Six Dimensions of Well-Being – Each of these elements of well-being, from self-acceptance to autonomy, naturally show up over the course of a coach-client relationship. Indeed, even the nature of coaching emphasises autonomy and environmental mastery in helping clients align action steps with core values and create processes that yield meaningful learning and results.
Ryff, C.D. 1989. Happiness is Everything, or Is It? Explorations on the Meaning of Psychological Well-Being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 57(6): pp. 1069 – 1081.
Ryff, C.D. 2014. Psychological Well-Being Revisited: Advances in Science and Practice. Psychother Psychosom 83(1): pp. 10 – 28.
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