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Hedonia, Eudaimonia, and Meaning: Me Versus Us; Fleeting Versus Enduring

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Psychology’s recent interest in the philosophical debate regarding hedonia and eudaimonia has added richness to conceptualizations of flourishing, but this chapter argues that a more psychological model of hedonia and eudaimonia would free the field from “conceptual confusion” and stimulate new research approaches. This chapter presents a model wherein hedonia is distinguished from eudaimonia in that hedonia is marked by self-centered interest in immediate gratification and eudaimonia is marked by more collectively-oriented interest in enduring effort and contribution. This new model is linked to a dual process model of happiness and discussed in the context of psychological views on meaning in life.

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  • Happiness
  • Wellbeing
  • Eudaimonia
  • Meaning

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Steger, M.F. (2016). Hedonia, Eudaimonia, and Meaning: Me Versus Us; Fleeting Versus Enduring. In: Vittersø, J. (eds) Handbook of Eudaimonic Well-Being. International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42445-3_11

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