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Semantic Quantifications of Word-Associations to ‘Happiness’ Predict Satisfaction — Not Emotional Well-Being

Författare och institution:
Oscar Kjell (-); Danilo Garcia (Centrum för etik, juridik och mental hälsa); Sverker Sikström (-)
Publicerad i:
Third World Congress on Positive Psychology. June 27-30, 2013, Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles,
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Background: Little is know n about how participants' view of “happiness” relates to their self- reported subjective well-being. Therefore, this study investigates the relationship between the cognitive and emotional components of subjective well-being and participants' word-associations to the term “happiness”. Methods: Participants (N=304) completed the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS; a cognitive scale) and the Emotional Well-Being Scales (EWS; an emotional scale), as well as listed the 10 words they relate the most to “Happiness”. Results: A multiple regression analysis between the semantic content of the 10 words (as quantified in 100 dimensions using Latent Semantic Analyses), and SWLS and EWS revealed that the semantic content significantly predicts SWLS scores, (p=0.002, r=0.166) but not positive (p=0.652) or negative (p=0.703) emotion scores. The word “family” was significantly associated with high SWLS scores and “money” with low SWLS scores (Holm's correction). The most common words were: love, family, friends, joy, and money. Conclusions: It appears that cognitive judgments of one's life are meaningfully associated with the semantic word-associations of “happiness” whilst emotional well-being is not. This study has implications for the distinction between cognitive and emotional well-being, further understanding people's view of “happiness” and methodological techniques for research on what constitutes a “healthy mind”.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Happiness, quantitative semantics, positive psychology, affect, emotions
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2013-09-15 11:30
Posten ändrad:
2014-01-13 11:07

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