Self-Determination Theory: The Importance of Autonomy to Well-Being Across Cultures

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  • SONIA SECHER WICHMANN

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    1. Department of Counselor Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    2. Genesis Counseling Services, Janesville, Wisconsin
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Abstract

According to proponents of self-determination theory, autonomous regulation is a universal psychological human need. Researchers have found autonomy (defined as acting in accordance with one's values) related to well-being across cultures. Encouraging client autonomy is therefore fundamental to the practice of humanistic counseling.

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