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Discovering Early Experiences that Correlate to an Empowered and Flourishing Adulthood - Research Poster - International Positive Psychology Association 2017 Conference - Montreal - Canada

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The research focused on exploring experiences during childhood that correlate to an adult life of empowerment and flourishing Of particular interest was observing whether unconditional loving is present in those experiences as the common foundational element associated with empowerment and flourishing. Based on this narrowed interest, the research question was defined as: What are some of the experiences during childhood that correlate to an adult life of empowerment and flourishing and is unconditional loving a common element in the majority of them?

There were sub-questions that were explored in parallel with this main research question:

  • If unconditional loving is not the common element in the majority of experiences that correlate to an adult life of empowerment and flourishing, what is? 
  • Is there a particular “significant adult” that played a key role during childhood, in the future capacity of living a life of empowerment and flourishing? (teacher, parent, caregiver, family member, mentor, etc.)
  • What are the “ways of being” of that significant adult that were a manifestation of unconditional loving, or that were the basis for a life of empowerment and flourishing.