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A psychological-enriched version of Tiberius’ value-fulfillment theory of wellbeing


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Fabian, M 2022 , 'A psychological-enriched version of Tiberius’ value-fulfillment theory of wellbeing' , Philosophical Psychology , pp. 1-25 , doi: 10.1080/09515089.2021.2016678.

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This paper integrates Valerie Tiberius’ theory of wellbeing as value-fulfillment with a range of complementary theories from psychology, especially the psychology of the self. These theories include self-discrepancy theory, self-determination theory, self-verification theory, theories of multiple selves from developmental psychology, and the notion of contingencies of self-worth. Tiberius argues that wellbeing consists in the fulfillment of “appropriate” values, which are those values that are “emotionally, motivationally, and cognitively suited to a person.” The psychological theories and empirical results integrated herein provide a great deal of depth regarding how emotions, motivations, and cognitions fit together to guide processes of goal achievements and self-actualization, which is how psychologists speak of value-fulfillment. This depth allows Tiberius’ theory to respond more forcefully to a range of critiques, and also to explain the process by which appropriate values are identified, refined, and affirmed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fabian, M
Keywords: psychology of wellbeing, philosophy of wellbeing, interdisciplinary, wellbeing, value-fulfillment, motivation, emotions, self
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophical Psychology
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
ISSN: 0951-5089
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/09515089.2021.2016678
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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND 4.o) License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

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