Topic: Family, Life & ExperiencesEmotions

Last updated: December 24, 2019

Even though, not everyone is made happy by the same things. This can be said for both resident and care staff. Even if how we feel and our emotions control much of psychological well-being, it is not sufficient. In order to have very enjoyable lives and to feel good, we must experience purpose and meaning, along with positive emotions. Psychologist Carol Ryff created the “Psychological Well-being Model” which details psychological wellbeing as having six significant parts:

• Self-acceptance
• Positive relations with others
• Autonomy
• Environmental mastery
• Purpose in life
• Personal growth

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Practice should be reflective of these factors to promote social, emotional, cultural, spiritual and intellectual well-being. Psychological wellbeing is about providing service users with an experience which is balanced and well-rounded and the emotions to go with this. “The application of Ryff’s model, both in terms of assessment and treatment, thus suggests that optimally balanced well-being differs from person to person: there is no single right way to be well (people have differing combinations of strengths and vulnerabilities and one has to work with what is available). The cross-cultural implications of the model are thus considerable and should integrate Vaillant’s framework. Ryff highlights that personality assets should be jointed with contextual variables (work, family life, social ties and socioeconomic conditions). The message is that personality, well-being and distress come together in different ways for different people.”


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