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King, 2001: Reflecting about their best future selves improved subjective well-being among college students after 3 weeks

Reference:

King, L. A. (2001). The health benefits of writing about life goals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27(7), 798-807.
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Summary:

College students were asked to write about (1) their most traumatic life event, (2) their best possible future self, (3) both topics, or (4) a control topic for 20 minutes/day for four consecutive days. Writing about best possible selves led to a greater increase in subjective well-being (greater life satisfaction and optimism) three weeks later. All three treatments significantly reduced illness (health center visits) over the next five months as compared to the prior three months.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Psychological Question Addressed

Do I think and feel positively about myself?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Do I think and feel positively about myself?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018