chapter  3
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Eudaimonic well-being describes the state of positive functioning and psychological health that is associated with the satisfaction of innate psychological needs. Innate psychological needs, in turn, are the drives most of us have to seek out and engage in certain types of experiences, which are satisfi ed to the degree that we engage in those experiences. Characteristic of these needs is that they do not disappear silently into the background; for most of us, they are not drives that we can eliminate or that can we can redirect. They point us toward a certain range of experiences, and we must engage in these experiences to avoid the repercussions associated with need frustration.