Environmental Mastery + the Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being

Environmental Mastery the Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being

If you opened your Reframe app today and thought “what in the hey doodle does ‘environmental mastery’ mean??” you probably wouldn’t be alone. Of all of the six factors that Ryff included in her Model of Psychological Well-Being, we have to admit, this one has the most confusing name.

But hear us out, because it’s a good one.

In the Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being, “environmental mastery” means that you have high confidence in your ability to show up and knock this whole “life” thing out of the park. You have control of your environment, you feel confident in the opportunities available to you, and you’ve got a high adaptability to adversity. Your stress levels are low, you cope well when things are hard, and you feel in control of the change in your life. You are a master of your environment, if you will.

And if all of that sounds totally unrealistic to you, you’re still probably not alone. In fact, poor environmental mastery feels directly linked with struggles with alcohol use when you consider so many of the factors that lead to habitually using booze: high stress, few coping mechanisms, feelings of lack of control, having trouble adapting, and on and on and on.

That’s not to say that every single human who downloads the Reframe app has a dumpster fire in place of their environmental mastery. On the contrary, that dumpster is bright and shiny and ready for its spotlight, with a little TLC. In many ways, the entire scope of what we teach here is rooted in this concept of environmental mastery, so the good news is that you’ve already been putting in the work to improve this area of your psychological well-being.