Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Creating upward spirals of positive well-being: A psychological approach
by Cochran, Michael, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2009, 252; 3400971
Abstract (Summary)

In this theoretical work the author develops an original theory of human change processes based on upward spirals of positive well-being. The conceptual framework is based on growth-oriented action research methods. Three basic spiral dynamics are presented: reciprocal causation, deviation-amplifying mutual causation processes, and accumulating and compounding processes. Several spiral dynamics are presented that operate implicitly in individuals, groups, and organizations, including self-fulfilling prophecies, the springboard effect, a variety of bonding factors, and grand organizational spiral dynamics. Self-determined and collaborative spirals in individuals, groups, and organizations are discussed. The possibility of spirals at higher levels of human social organization is explored, and two specific spirals are hypothesized: one grand unified spiral and a grand generational spiral. A basic intervention cycle is presented as the basis for interventions aimed at facilitating upward spirals at all levels of social functioning: goal, plan, act, review, reiterate, and revise. An approach for building one unified spiral is presented that starts with individual spirals and then builds interlocking spirals, interlocking spiral networks, and wider global spirals. An approach for building a grand generational spiral is presented in which spiral interventions are integrated into our educational and parenting practices. In the final chapter the conceptual framework is discussed in terms of its reconnection to prior literature, implications, limitations, recommendations for future research, and concluding comments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ryan, Lawrence J.
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 71/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Peace Studies, Developmental psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Flourishing, Human potential, Positive well-being, Universal love, Upward spirals, Well-being, World peace
Publication Number: 3400971
ISBN: 978-1-109-67818-5
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