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Original scientific paper

Life Goals and Well-Being: Are Extrinsic Aspirations Always Detrimental to Well-Being?

Ingrid Brdar   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0001-6132-1287 ; University of Rijeka, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Majda Rijavec ; University of Zagreb, Faculty of Teacher Education
Dubravka Miljković ; University of Zagreb,Faculty of Teacher Education

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APA 6th Edition
Brdar, I., Rijavec, M. & Miljković, D. (2009). Life Goals and Well-Being: Are Extrinsic Aspirations Always Detrimental to Well-Being?. Psihologijske teme, 18 (2), 317-334. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/48216
MLA 8th Edition
Brdar, Ingrid, et al. "Life Goals and Well-Being: Are Extrinsic Aspirations Always Detrimental to Well-Being?." Psihologijske teme, vol. 18, no. 2, 2009, pp. 317-334. https://hrcak.srce.hr/48216. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Brdar, Ingrid, Majda Rijavec and Dubravka Miljković. "Life Goals and Well-Being: Are Extrinsic Aspirations Always Detrimental to Well-Being?." Psihologijske teme 18, no. 2 (2009): 317-334. https://hrcak.srce.hr/48216
Harvard
Brdar, I., Rijavec, M., and Miljković, D. (2009). 'Life Goals and Well-Being: Are Extrinsic Aspirations Always Detrimental to Well-Being?', Psihologijske teme, 18(2), pp. 317-334. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/48216 (Accessed 19 October 2021)
Vancouver
Brdar I, Rijavec M, Miljković D. Life Goals and Well-Being: Are Extrinsic Aspirations Always Detrimental to Well-Being?. Psihologijske teme [Internet]. 2009 [cited 2021 October 19];18(2):317-334. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/48216
IEEE
I. Brdar, M. Rijavec and D. Miljković, "Life Goals and Well-Being: Are Extrinsic Aspirations Always Detrimental to Well-Being?", Psihologijske teme, vol.18, no. 2, pp. 317-334, 2009. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/48216. [Accessed: 19 October 2021]

Abstracts
Past research has revealed that relative importance a person places on extrinsic life goals as oposed to intrinsic ones is related to lower well-being. But sometimes it is more important why a goal is being pursued than the content of the goal. Materialistic aspirations will not decrease people's well-being if they help them to achieve basic financial security or some intrinsic goals. On the other hand, if social comparison or seeking power drives extrinsic orientation, these aspirations may be detrimental for well-being, since they do not satisfy satisfy our basic psychological needs.
Research from Croatia and other, less rich countries suggest that extrinsic aspirations are not necessarily deterimental but may even contribute to well-being. This finding suggests that various factors can moderate the relationship between aspirations and well-being. Intrinsic life goals may probably be affordable only for people who are well off enough. The meaning of financial success in transitional and poor countries may not necesseraly be associated with purchase and consumption. On the contrary, it may bring opportunities and possibilities of self-expression and self-growth.
Individualistic societies allow individuals to pursue their intrinsic goals while collectivistic cultures stress extrinsic ones. Although this extrinsic orientation may detract their well-being, the sense of individual well-being may not be as important to them as the survival of the group they belong to or so called social well-being.

Keywords
well-being; intrinsic and extrinsic life goals; transitional countries; individualistic/collectivistic cultures

Hrčak ID: 48216

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/48216

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