ORCID ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5124-5778

Date Awarded

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Todd M Thrash

Committee Member

Cheryl L Dickter

Committee Member

Jennifer A Stevens

Abstract

This research explores the “higher goods” as indicators of self-transcendent well-being. The higher goods are here conceptualized as consisting of both contents and modalities. The contents are the classical transcendentals unity, truth, goodness, and beauty; the modalities are encounter, enlightenment, and transmission. Despite millennia of interest in philosophical and theological literatures, researchers have largely overlooked the intrinsic link between modality and content within empirical psychology. This thesis (a) develops and validates an empirical measure of the higher goods using matrix modeling techniques borrowed from multitrait-multimethod (MTMM) confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), (b) evaluates the correlation of the Big Five personality traits and their respective aspects with the higher goods, and (c) examines the higher goods within the broader self-transcendent well-being conceptual space. By formally conceptualizing, operationalizing, and measuring these constructs within the psychological domain, this thesis paves the way for continued examination and elaboration of higher goods as indicators of self-transcendent well-being.

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