Information Sheet

What is this study about, how long will it take, and what if I have questions? The study, led by Senior Lecturer Dr Belinda Boyd-Wilson and also involving Principal Lecturer Nancy Evans Weaver, Psychology staff members at the Open Polytechnic, is about personal growth and eudaimonic well-being, one of the more profound types of well-being - essentially, ‘eudaimonia’ concerns reaching one’s potential. You will receive more detailed information when you have completed the study. If you have questions please contact belinda.boyd-wilson@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

The questionnaire contains 80 items for you to respond to and should take 10-15 minutes to complete.

This is a scientific investigation; please participate only if you are willing to do so in the spirit of sincerity.

Ethical conditions/assurances Your responses will be anonymous. The results of the study will be published, on a group basis only, in a peer-reviewed journal. Responses will be stored securely for at least five years. You may withdraw from the study at any time prior to data analysis. You will receive a copy of the survey results on request by following the instructions at the end of the study. The study has been approved by the Ethics Committee, Open Polytechnic. If you have any ethical questions about this research please contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee: roger.dowling@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Winning a book voucher If you follow the instructions at the end of the questionnaire, you will be placed in a draw to win one of six book vouchers, each worth NZ$100. This applies even if you withdraw early. The draw will be conducted under supervision and the winners notified by email.

Your consent to participate Your participation in the survey is voluntary and if you now continue and complete the questionnaire, this will be taken as your consent to participate.

 Let’s begin :)

* 1. What is your gender?

* 2. What is your age in years and months?

Filling in the Questionnaire

Please be as open and honest as you can, answering according to what really reflects your experience rather than what you think your experience should be.

Please try to treat each item separately from every other item.

First impressions are welcome: Perhaps take 5-10 seconds for each item - but it’s up to you!

* 3. With regard to what each word describes, consider how much you think it characterizes YOU, and then click on one of the circles accordingly.

  Not at all A tiny bit Somewhat Moderately Quite a lot Very much A great deal
Friendly                                                                                        
Dishonourable
Insecure
Considerate
Reliable
Mean
Interesting
Dishonest
Unkind
Imaginative
Intelligent
Deceitful

* 4. Choose which SINGLE statement of the three best applies to you

* 5. Choose which SINGLE statement of the three best applies to you

* 6. Choose which SINGLE statement of the three best applies to you

* 7. Choose which SINGLE statement of the three best applies to you

* 8. Choose which SINGLE statement of the three best applies to you

* 9. Read each statement in terms of how it USUALLY applies to you, and then click on one of the circles according to how much you agree with the statement.

  Strongly disagree Moderately disagree Slightly disagree Neither agree nor disagree Slightly agree Moderately agree Strongly agree
I don’t belittle people
My life runs smoothly, even through challenges that arise
I don’t carry around resentments about people
Life isn’t a big struggle though it can be tough sometimes
I have a sense of well-being
In the “core” of me I’m content no matter what
Things for me have a basically peaceful feel to them
I don’t get depressed and think I’m worthless
I don’t put people down in my thoughts
On a fundamental level, everyone I meet seems whole and beautiful to me
I don’t know ahead of time exactly what I need to do and I’m fine with that
If other people are unpleasant I don’t think they’re bad people
Overall, things for me get better and better
I trust my future
Rather than trying to force good things into my life, I see that whatever happens is good
I understand who I am
My problems aren’t problems now; they’re just things I deal with in the normal flow of events
I don’t need to do or be or have anything more in order to feel whole. I feel whole now
I feel whole whether alone or with others
I don’t feel that life has dished me out a bad deal
I see the loveliness in others, no matter who they are
If people abuse me, I don’t abuse them in return
I don’t gossip about people in a mean or busybody way
I tend not to insist that my interpretation of things is the right one
Fundamentally, I’m neither inferior nor superior to others
It’s nice when people appreciate me but it’s of no real concern to me if they don’t, or even dislike me
I’m OK with having less material wealth than some other people have
I take nothing personally

* 10. Read each statement in terms of how it USUALLY applies to you, and then click on one of the circles according to how much you agree with the statement.

  Strongly disagree Moderately disagree Slightly disagree Neither agree nor disagree Slightly agree Moderately agree Strongly agree
I set realistic goals for what I want to change about myself
I can tell when I am ready to make specific changes in myself
I know how to make a realistic plan in order to change myself
I take every opportunity to grow as it comes up
When I try to change myself, I make a realistic plan for my personal growth
I ask for help when I try to change myself
I actively work to improve myself
I figure out what I need to change about myself
I am constantly trying to grow as a person
I know how to set realistic goals to make changes in myself
I know when I need to make a specific change in myself
I use resources when I try to grow
I know steps I can take to make intentional changes in myself
I actively seek out help when I try to change myself
I look for opportunities to grow as a person
I know when it’s time to change specific things about myself

* 11. With regard to what each word describes, consider how much you think it characterizes MOST OTHER PEOPLE, and then click on one of the circles accordingly.

  Strongly disagree Moderately disagree Slightly disagree Neither agree nor disagree Slightly agree Moderately agree Strongly agree
Friendly
Dishonourable
Insecure
Considerate
Reliable
Mean
Interesting
Dishonest
Unkind
Imaginative
Intelligent
Deceitful

* 12. Read each statement in terms of how it USUALLY applies to you, and then click on one of the circles according to how much you agree with the statement.

  Strongly disagree Moderately disagree Slightly disagree Neither agree nor disagree Slightly agree Moderately agree Strongly agree
In most ways my life is close to my ideal
The conditions of my life are excellent
I am satisfied with my life
So far I have gotten the important things I want in life
If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing
If you wish to go into the draw for one of the six book vouchers please contact belinda.boyd-wilson@openpolytechnic.ac.nz AT ANY POINT WITHIN TWO WEEKS from the day of your participating in this study, providing an email address. At that point, a number will be allocated to that address so that you can enter the draw but this number won’t be linked to your set of responses; these will remain anonymous. Your email address will remain strictly confidential and will be used to communicate only the results of the draw and the research, and for no other purpose.

If you wish to learn of the group results or receive notice of publication of the research (note that this may not occur for 12-24 months), email
belinda.boyd-wilson@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Thank you and some further information on personal growth
Thank you so much for your participation in this research. In this study, we are exploring the concept of personal growth as we ask questions such as, is it related to professed spirituality, religious involvement, health, and past traumatic events, and is it reported by women more than men. Of especial interest is the association between personal growth and eudaimonic well-being, assessed in the study in terms of ‘enlightenment’. This is a Zen-related concept that concerns knowing one’s true nature, said to be potentially wholly positive despite the fact that negative events happen to the human race. It can take a lot of time and effort to become ‘who we really are’; but who knows the limits of people's capacity for wisdom, inner peace, and compassion, and for feeling of the world rather than in it!

Mason Durie (2001) discusses Māori health using similar terms and phrases, such as not being a servant to time, having generosity, humility, and respect, and feeling interconnected.

Reading
If these topics resonate with you, and you would like to read more about them, you could try one or two of the following, although we would not prescribe any particular work:

Boyd-Wilson, B. M., & Walkey, F. H. (2015). The Enlightenment Scale: A measure of being at peace and open-hearted. Pastoral Psychology, 64, 311-325. doi: 10.1007/s11089-013-0586-9
Campbell, W. K., Brunell, A. B., & Foster, J. D. (2004). Sitting here in limbo: Ego shock and posttraumatic growth. Psychological Inquiry, 15, 22-26.
Durie, M. (2001). Mauri ora: The dynamics of Māori health. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
Frankl, V. E. (1964). Man’s search for meaning: An introduction to logotherapy. London: Hodder & Stoughton.
Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness: Fifteenth anniversary edition. New York: Delta Trade Paperback/Bantam Dell.
Tedeschi, R. G., & Calhoun, L. G. (2004). Posttraumatic growth: Conceptual foundations and empirical evidence. Psychological Inquiry, 15, 1-18.
Tedeschi, R. G., Calhoun, L. G., & Cann, A. (2007). Evaluating resource gain: Understanding and misunderstanding posttraumatic growth. Applied Psychology: An international Review, 56, 396-406.
Wheeler, J. (2006). Right here, right now: Seeing your true nature as present awareness. Salisbury, UK: Non-Duality Press.

Thank you so much! :)

* 13. Entirely optional: Here's a box if you feel you need to provide a comment.

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