About this Research Topic
Using the Temperament and Character Inventory (Cloninger, Svrakic & Przybeck, 1993) researchers have found that agentic (i.e., Self-directedness) and communal (i.e., Cooperativeness) values are associated to high levels of happiness, psychological well-being, and less violent behavior. Moreover, low Self-directedness and Cooperativeness is recurrent among individuals with all types of mental health problems, such as, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and etcetera. Spirituality, in coherence with agency and communion, guides the individual to seek self-realization in harmony with others and nature in the changing world (Cloninger, 2013). Seeing character as self-awareness of the self in three dimensions has also been associated to human responsibility and empowerment.
This research topic will focus on all article types that put forward findings regarding:
• Character as a protective factor against mental illness.
• Character’s association to conduct disorders and violent behavior.
• Character as a promoter of happiness, life satisfaction, and well-being.
• The etiology of character.
• Longitudinal studies on character.
• Agency, communion, and spirituality as broad dimensions for the conceptualization of positive measures of mental health.
• Innovative methods to measure or conceptualize character.
• Non-linear effects of character on mental health.
• Character as a measure/conceptualization of responsibility.
• Character in school and work place settings.
• Character in relation to empowerment.
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