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

Environmental Mastery the Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being2

When we use Ryff’s Six Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being, we consider our strengths or weaknesses in each of these factors. Take a moment and think about how you feel on a scale of 0 to 5 in the environmental mastery realm—5 being a gold star, A+, home run.


If we feel like we score poorly in this factor, then we begin to dig into our coping mechanisms, learning to manage our stress, and feeling control over our environment. And you, my friend, have already been working on these things. Just as we noted when we introduced autonomy, these are not overnight changes. Feel confidence in the fact that your environmental mastery, especially with the way that alcohol shows up in your life, will improve over time as you continue to put in the work.


Consider how strong your current environmental mastery feels, and what actionable steps you might take to improve your score by just one point. What actions will move the needle forward in this factor?

Seifert, T. A. (2005). The Ryff scales of psychological well-being. Assessment Notes

Ryff, C. D. (1989). "Happiness is everything, or is it? Explorations on the meaning of psychological well-being". Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 57 (6): 1069–1081.