5 - IMPROVING THE WELL-BEING LEVEL BY PARTICIPATING IN A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING USING THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES
University of Bucharest, Department of Psychology
The concept of well-being has been studied over time in close relation with health (Cohen et al., 2003; Kiecolt-Glaser, McGuire, Robles & Glaser, 2002), positive and negative affect (Bradburn, 1969), life satisfaction (Sauer & Warland, 1982), quality of life (Headey, Kelley, & Wearing, 1993), mindfulness (Brown & Ryan, 2003), etc. Personal development firstly means the awareness that each and everyone of us are unique human beings in this Universe, that we have the resources within us to make positive changes that we want in our lives so as to live in harmony with ourselves and with everything that surrounds us. This research examines how we can improve the well-being level through therapeutic techniques as a result of attending a personal development training. Method: the participants are a group of 30 people, aged between 21 and 54 years old (Mean=38.16; S.D.=1.82), 21 female and 9 male participants. The instruments: The Ryff Well-Being Scale (Ryff & Keyes, 1995) is a self-report instrument with 42 items measuring the following dimensions each one containing a group of 7 items: autonomy, control, personal growth, positive relations, purpose in life and self-acceptance. The second instrument is the personal development training with therapeutic techniques used, for a period of three months. This training represents the independent variable. The dependent variables are the 6 dimensions of well-being. Following the research results, as well as the feedback received at the end of the personal development training, we can say that it has positive results, contributing to the improvement of each participant’s well-being as well as outlining goals that each wishes to follow in life, both physically and psychologically.
Keywords: psychological well-being, personal development, health, therapeutical techniques.
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