Adoree Durayappah


Adoree Durayappah’s passion for understanding "the Good Life" led her to the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her MAPP degree in 2009. She is now a graduate student at Harvard University obtaining a Master degree studying Buddhist Ethics. Adoree co-founded Employ Insight, a technology start-up focused on improving employee engagement through the latest psychological research on workplace well-being, with fellow MAPP 2009 classmate Sean Glass.

Prior to Employ Insight, Adoree worked in psychology research at the social psychology laboratory of Dr. Daniel Gilbert at Harvard University. She writes a blog, “Thriving101”, for Psychology Today and blogs frequently for the Huffington Post. She received her MBA from Pepperdine University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a dual degree in Philosophy and Television. She has spent several years as a new media specialist as a Television Producer, Director of Business Development for Animax Entertainment, and member of the Producers Guild of America.

Adoree recently had an article published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Here is the abstract to that article:

Abstract Empirical research focusing on the field of subjective well-being has resulted in a range of theories, components, and measures, yet only a modicum of work leans towards the establishment of a general theory of subjective well-being. I propose that a temporal model of subjective well-being, called the 3P Model, is a parsimonious, unifying theory, which accounts for, as well as unites, disparate theories and measurements. The 3P Model categorizes the components of subjective well-being under the temporal states of the Present, the Past, and the Prospect (Future). The model indicates how each state is important to a global evaluation of subjective well-being and how each state is distinct yet connected to the other states. Additionally, the model explains how measures of subjective well-being are affected by cognitive biases (e.g., peak-end rule, impact bias, retrospective bias), which factor into evaluations of the temporal states, and meta-biases (e.g., temporal perspectives), which factor into global evaluations of life satisfaction. Finally, future research is recommended to further support the model as well as create interventions that can be chosen based on an individual’s temporal preference or that can be designed to counteract certain biases..

Read the full article here.


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