Rather than rely on the absence of pathology here are several options for describing a healthy or highly functional personality: Criteria of Positive Mental Health.
Michael B. Frisch (1991) offers these 17 areas of life function assessed by his Quality of Life Inventory:Health Realistic self-regard Having a Philosophy-of-Life Work Recreation Learning Creativity Social Service to others Civic Action Love Relationship Friendships Relationships with Children Community Relationships with Relatives Having a Home Having a Stable and Adequate Standard of Living Neighbourhood safety, aesthetics, naturalness, people
Freud: "arbeiten und leben": to be able to work and love
From Edward Shoben, (1957)1. Awareness, acceptance, and correctness of self concept 2. Mastery of hte environment and adequacy in meeting life's demands 3. Integration and unity of personality, whole-hearted pursuit of your goals 4. Autonomy and self-reliance 5. Perception of reality and social sensitivity 6. Continued growth toward self actualization
Harold A. Mosak suggests normality means:1. Frequency: the common, the usual, normal, 2. As I think others act: Referential 3. As a therapists acts: Therapist as referential 4. Me: Taking oneself on faith 5. As I used to be: My premorbid condition 6. Conformity to social rules and norms, the normative: Being a good student [ie: no trouble to the educational establishment], a good kid [quiet and undemanding], 7. Mediocrity/mediocre: nothing in excess, the mean 8. Square, boring, straight, "Dullsville" 9. Perfection 10. The absence of symptoms
Source: The Clinician's Thesaurus 3 - The Guide Book for Wording Psychological Reports and Other Evaluations, Third Edition, Revised, Edward L. Zuckerman, Ph. D.
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