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Nature-Related Cognitive Schemas and Self-Reported Psychological Flourishing

Faculty of Creative Industries, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Trakų str. 1, 01132 Vilnius, Lithuania
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Vytautas Magnus University, K. Donelaičio str. 58, 44248 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Sustainability 2020, 12(10), 4215;
Received: 30 March 2020 / Revised: 15 May 2020 / Accepted: 18 May 2020 / Published: 21 May 2020
Some sustainability-related belief systems (or schemas in Cognitive Behavior Therapy) might result in shame, guilt, or denial if a person fails to meet the standards. The psychology of Harmonization relates sustainability to flourishing but not to human misery and delineates flourishing one’s own life. What nature-related cognitive schemas coexist with psychological flourishing? The purpose of this study was to identify the nature-related cognitive schemas that correlate to self-reported psychological flourishing. This paper provides some data on an overall survey (n = 722) that aimed at evaluating the cognitive schemas, strengths, and cognitive abilities of Lithuanian gymnasium students. We applied the Flourishing Scale (FS) of E. Diener alongside several measures to investigate nature-related cognitive/emotional/behavioral variables. The results revealed associations between different nature-related cognitive schemas (experiential, consumeristic, eco-protectionist, and valorist) and psychological flourishing, positive emotional reactions to nature, and spending time in nature. As this study demonstrates only positive or negative relationships among the examined variables, one of the implications for future research is identifying schemas as predictors of behavioral sustainability and creating an experimental or longitudinal design. View Full-Text
Keywords: flourishing; nature-related schemas; CBT; emotions; behaviors; Lithuania flourishing; nature-related schemas; CBT; emotions; behaviors; Lithuania
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Diržytė, A.; Perminas, A. Nature-Related Cognitive Schemas and Self-Reported Psychological Flourishing. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4215.

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