Moral interactions and happiness: A psychological perspective

Mahesh C. Gupta


Happiness results, in part, from pleasant interpersonal relationships of which communicative acts and interactions are basic elements. Morality is observed as a foundation of human society and essential for positive interactional outcomes, and thus, for happiness. Interactions that end in mutual benefit to the dyadic members are the basis of
happiness and fulfillment. Rationale and validity of this postulate are presented. The falsely perceived benefits of
engaging in immoral interactions are based on a lack of understanding of human relations. The concept of mental
sanctuary is proposed to explain how humans cope with their private urges and passions and how some people
succumb to impulsive and immoral behavior. Research literature associated with Heiderian “balance criterion,” and
P-O-X triads is examined to point out the connection of interpersonal tension in the structure of happiness


happiness, dyadic interactions, systems-approach, heiderian balance

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