Journal article

A qualitative exploration of individual differences in wellbeing for highly sensitive individuals

Becky A Black, Margaret L Kern

PALGRAVE COMMUNICATIONS | PALGRAVE MACMILLAN LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Cultures explicitly and implicitly create and reinforce social norms and expectations, which impact upon how individuals make sense of and experience their place within that culture. Numerous studies find substantial differences across a range of behavioral and cognitive indices between what have been called “Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD)” societies and non-WEIRD cultures. Indeed, lay conceptions and social norms around wellbeing tend to emphasize social outgoingness and high-arousal positive emotions, with introversion and negative emotion looked down upon or even pathologized. However, this extravert-centric conception of wellbeing does not fit many indivi..

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