Optimal Experience Across Cultures

  • Antonella Delle Fave
  • Fausto Massimini
  • Marta Bassi
Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 2)


In this chapter we will contextualize the investigation of optimal experience across culture within the theoretical framework of cultural studies. In the last few decades, psychological studies evolved from an ethnocentric western perspective to a broader view that takes into account the role of culture in shaping human behavior and experience. This allowed for the development of different approaches, such as cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, and indigenous psychologies, and for the conceptualization of basic constructs, such as individualism/collectivism and independent/interdependent self-construal, which presently represent the cornerstones of most psychological studies endorsing cultural aspects. The exploration of optimal experience and psychological selection across cultures will be exemplified through findings derived from adult and adolescent participants. Similarities and differences between cultures will be highlighted, and interpreted in the light of the theoretical assumptions on culture—on the one hand—and on flow and psychological selection—on the other hand.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonella Delle Fave
    • 1
  • Fausto Massimini
    • 1
  • Marta Bassi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Cliniche Luigi SaccosUniversità degli Studi di MilanoMilanoItaly

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