We believe that our life is sensible and valuable if and when our objectives are congruent with our internal selves, and we are committed to reach our goals, thus improving our personality. Our decisions regarding important things in life, what we do in order to achieve our objectives and how we utilize our internal potentials are the decisive factors in our personal subjective well-being.
According to recent research, it is possible to describe subjective well-being with three major factors:
- A level of satisfaction with life as a whole, referring to a cognitive judgment system, with which the individual evaluates his/her life in an overall way.
- Frequency and intensity of positive emotions—pleasure and happiness.
- The relative scarcity of negative emotions, depression, fear, anxiety, sadness, and other negative situations
During his researches Frank M. Wanderer examined how the Conscious Alertness affects the subjective well-being. Frank’s research hypotheses were the following:
- The subjective well-being of students characterized by a higher degree of Conscious Alertness is higher than that of students with a lower level of Conscious Alertness .
- There are no gender differences among students with a high degree of Conscious Alertness in terms of subjective well-being.
- Conscious Alertness shows a close correlation with certain indicators of subjective well-being.
Data were collected among college students. 900 students took part in the research and 854 of them provided valuable data (552 women and 302 men). The average age was 20. The results of his research also confirmed Frank first hypothesis, that is, students with higher Conscious Alertness also have higher subjective well-being than those at a lower level of Conscious Alertness.
The research project proved that students at a high level of Conscious Alertness reported a significantly higher level of subjective well-being and had significantly fewer somatic complaints and symptoms and fewer personal problems than the students who did not yet have Conscious Alertness. The withdrawal of the functions of the Ego and the emergence of the alert consciousness in the present tend to increase the subjective well-being of the individual, who becomes more resistant to the personal problems and physical reactions generated by the Ego’s survival mode.
His third hypothesis—that there was a close correlation between the Conscious Alertness and certain indicators of subjective well-being—also proved to be true. In both sexes, the Conscious Alertness was in a significant positive correlation with a positive attitude toward life and the joy of life, and in a significant negative correlation with depressive moods. In personal problems and somatic symptoms, Frank found that the Conscious Alertness is able to reduce the susceptibility to these reactions in women more than in the case of men.
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