Balanced People Possess These 4 Qualities – Psychology Today

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A new paper published in Frontiers in Psychology attempts to define an important yet elusive term in positive psychology: psychological balance. According to the researchers, it has to do with the degree to which someone is able to possess a consistent yet flexible outlook on life while also knowing how to spend the right amount of time taking care of oneself versus others.

“In the literature, absence of psychopathology infers psychological balance, which is associated with psychological continuity across time and an ability to cope with daily challenges,” say the authors, led by Anastasia Besika of the University of Zurich in Switzerland. “In spite of […] a strong association between psychological balance and well-being, investigations of how an individual remains psychologically stable in a constantly changing environment are missing.”

To fill the gap, the researchers constructed a model of psychological balance containing, at its center, the following 10 value domains:

  1. Self-direction (e.g., “I decide about which way my life goes”)
  2. Stimulation (e.g., “I am open to discovering new things in life”)
  3. Hedonism (e.g., “I can enjoy life to the fullest”)
  4. Achievement (e.g., “I strive to do my best and succeed in what I do”)
  5. Power (e.g., “I strive to gain resources and influence over others”)
  6. Security (e.g., “I want to be safe wherever I am”)
  7. Conformity (e.g., “I follow social rules out of respect for others”)
  8. Tradition (e.g., “I follow