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Subjective wellbeing, homeostatically protected mood and depression : a synthesis

Cummins, Robert 2010, Subjective wellbeing, homeostatically protected mood and depression : a synthesis, Journal of happiness studies, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1007/s10902-009-9167-0.

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Title Subjective wellbeing, homeostatically protected mood and depression : a synthesis
Author(s) Cummins, Robert
Journal name Journal of happiness studies
Volume number 11
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 17
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 1389-4978
1573-7780
Keyword(s) wellbeing
Summary This paper concerns the idea that Subjective Wellbeing (SWB) is managed by a system of psychological devices which have evolved for this purpose. It is proposed that this management is actually directed at the protection of Homeostatically Protected Mood, as the major component of SWB. We normally experience HPMood as a combination of contentment, happiness and positive arousal. A theoretical description of this construct is offered that can account for many of the commonly observed empirical characteristics of SWB data. It is further proposed that when homeostasis fails, due to the overwhelming nature of a negative challenge, people lose contact with HPMood and experience the domination of negative rather than positive affect. If this condition is chronic, people experience the clinical condition we call depression.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10902-009-9167-0
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2009, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30025523

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Health
School of Psychology
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