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Wellbeing and Aspirational Culture

  • Addresses the paradox that, despite quantifiable advances, people often struggle to experience positive wellbeing

  • Brings together wellbeing and personhood research from multiple disciplines

  • Explains how aspirational cultures are detrimental to wellbeing

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kevin Moore
    Pages 71-105
  3. Kevin Moore
    Pages 107-138
  4. Kevin Moore
    Pages 139-156
  5. Kevin Moore
    Pages 157-182
  6. Kevin Moore
    Pages 183-203
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-243

About this book

Introduction

This book addresses the paradox that, despite quantifiable advances, people often struggle to experience positive wellbeing. Kevin Moore argues that two key insights can help resolve this paradox: first, that we live in an ‘aspirational culture’ that has its roots in the agrarian revolution and now demands constant economic growth, individual ambition, and self-improvement while promoting change and uncertainty; and second, that we are persons, and persons are created when cultures interact with our biology. Accordingly, our wellbeing depends on how personhood develops through that interaction.

 

Bringing together wellbeing and personhood research from multiple disciplines, Moore explains how aspirational cultures are detrimental to wellbeing because they consistently undermine and disrupt the ordinary tasks of life that are essential to sustaining our personhood and wellbeing. He concludes that if we are serious about improving wellbeing, we have to create a culture not based on aspiration but which, instead, focuses on supporting persons and personhood.   

Keywords

Aspiration Culture Mental Wellbeing Wellbeing Theory Personhood Wellbeing Interventions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Environment, Society and DesignLincoln UniversityLincolnNew Zealand

About the authors

Kevin Moore is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Department of Tourism, Sport and Society at Lincoln University, New Zealand. He has taught courses on the social psychology of wellbeing since 2009 and for thirty years has researched theoretical psychology, wellbeing, and leisure.

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