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Leontiev D.A., Suchkov D.D. Setting and achieving goals as a factor of psychological well-being

Full text in Russian: Леонтьев Д.А., Сучков Д.Д. Постановка и достижение целей как фактор психологического благополучия
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

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The process of setting and achieving goals, as well as their content, in structure factors of psychological well-being is considered. In the paper a number of the Western empirical researches aimed at understanding this relationship, especially in the framework of self-determination theory (SDT) are reviewed. The concepts of internal and external goals are introduced. The role of universal basic needs in the process of goal-setting is highlighted. Goal contents theory is presented. The concept of goal self-concordance (K.Sheldon) is introduced as a predictive factor of both goal achieving and subjective well-being.

Keywords: goal, subjective well-being, self-determination theory, intrinsic goal, extrinsic goal, basic needs, concordant goal


The article was prepared within the framework of a subsidy granted to the Higher School of Economics by the Government of the Russian Federation for the implementation of the Global Competitiveness Program.


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Received 25 July 2015. Date of publication: 29 December 2015.

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Leontiev Dmitry A. Ph.D., Professor, Head of International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, Higher School of Economics (National Research University), Slavyanskaya pl., 4/2, 109074 Moscow, Russia.
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Suchkov Dmitry D. Junior Research Associate,  International Laboratory of Positive Psychology of Personality and Motivation, Higher School of Economics (National Research University), Slavyanskaya pl., 4/2, 109074 Moscow, Russia.
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Leontiev D.A., Suchkov D.D. Setting and achieving goals as a factor of psychological well-being. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2015, Vol. 8, No. 44, p. 1. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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