The Role of Hypo-egoic Self-Processes in Optimal Functioning and Subjective Well-Being

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© 2011 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Many phenomena of interest to positive psychology share a common feature that involves a particular pattern of self-relevant cognitive activity. This hypo-egoic state is responsible both for the sense of well-being that tends to accompany many positive psychological experiences (such as flow, meditation, and transcendence) and for prosocial beliefs and actions in which people behave in ways that benefit other people, sometimes at cost to themselves. The chapter describes the hypo-egoic state and then discusses the role of self-process in five phenomena: humility, positive emotions, other-oriented states (such as compassion, altruism, and love), wisdom, and transcendence.

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Cited Authors

  • Leary, MR; Guadagno, J

Published Date

  • May 1, 2011

Book Title

  • Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780199893263

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.003.0009

Citation Source

  • Scopus