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Eudaimonia and personal growth; Fully functioning person; Personal development; Self-actualization; Self-realization; Virtues; Wisdom


Personal growth refers broadly to a subset of personality development that relates to the process of becoming better in a personally meaningful way. But the notion of becoming better and fulfilling one’s potentials has many interpretations, and a coherent and commonly accepted definition of personal growth does not seem to exist. Important approaches to personal growth are often grounded in operational definitions – typically self-report instruments. As a consequence, a number of “personal growth tribes” have evolved, each with different vocabularies that make the theoretical meaning of their respective personal growth concepts vary.


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The idea that development towards maturation and fulfillment is essential to a good life has always coexisted with the mainstream approach to current quality of life studies –...

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Vittersø, J. (2014). Personal Growth. In: Michalos, A.C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, Dordrecht.

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