mary for his entire childhood bcs john had a fairly easy going attitude to life.
Experienced virtually no anxiety. Very happy, lots of positive emotion. Not a lot
of neg affect. Home life wasn’t so good, home life kind of sucks. His overall cog
evaluation was probably very high. Mary identified with her gifts. She was
emotionally attached to her gifts. She had pressure put on her, she had
standards she was to meet. She had identification with that. Emotional
identification with talents results in anxiety. Her pos emotion was a little
subdued, her neg affect/emotion a little alleviated bcs of anxiety. Overall
subjective well being wld prob be below johns for probably 15 yrs. By the end of
high school, john is still doing okay, hes not flourishing, hes not creating any
opportunities for himself, doing the same thing: partying etc. mary is starting to
create some opportunities for herself. So theres a little of a transition pnt, late
adolescence where john is kind of getting his act together, for a few years, he
starts to lose a little bit of that spark, that confidence, bcs in reality, can see his
life is going nowhere, didn’t graduate high school, for three years didn’t get last
credit. Mary starts to feel more confidet about herself, starts to discover her tru
passions. By the time they are in mid twenties, anyone wld see that john is
hitting bottom in subjective well being. Took drugs a lot. All the spark, zest and
fun is washed out which is very clear. Mary is doing great, still deals with some
anxiety but blossoming.
o Therefore, at any pnt in time, can measure subjective well-being but if going to
say what is the right thing to do, maybe marys approach is perfect, bcs
something that makes you happy for few yrs and then crashes and ruins the rest
of ur life is not the right thing to do.
o What you do in your younger years has a much lower value than what you do in
o The basic problems is also its strength – the subjectivity aspect of it: what are
Its easy. Huge strength. Easily operationalizable bcs of subjectivity.
Its also a big strength bcs we live in a post modern era where we have at
least at philosophical level, we have moved away from a dogmatic
culturally way of thinking
From 19th to end of 20th century, theres a shift in cultural understanding,
truth is subjective. In that way of thinking, which has a lot of value,
subjective well being is very powerful. It respects ppls subjectivity. How
happy are you? How can a psych say they are unhappy.
But also a huge weakness bcs then the value the truth, of ones own
subjective evaluation of ones own happiness is bound/limited by
peoples wisdom and depth of self awareness, ppls authenticity.
Ex can take john who is 15 bt his happiness is not takeing into
consideration how he will be when he is 25. Maybe it doesn’t
matter then but it will matter then. So his subjective happiness is
kind of flawed, its missing something.
Therefore that is a weakness of this, bcs our subjectivity is biased and
they are limited. There are all kinds of biases built into them
o In contrast to this type of subjectivity, is eudynomonic well being is something
more authentic, more objective, (EWB) – (PWB)
There is something deeper down there. There is wisdom that can
potentially guide us. If you wanted to construct a theory, a personal one.