Personal projects are extended sets of personally salient action in context. They range from the incidental tasks of typical Thursdays to the overarching commitments of a lifetime. Little (1983) provided a rationale and methodology for the study of personal projects with emphasis on their consequences for well-being and human flourishing. Personal projects analysis (PPA) is a multimodular, flexible assessment suite based on 12 explicit measurement criteria. PPA provides modules for assessing the content, appraisal, impact, dynamics, and social ecology of personal projects. Research broadly confirms the proposition that well-being comprises the sustainable pursuit of core projects in our lives.

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Keywords Motivation, Person-environment transaction, Personal action constructs (PAC units), Personal goals, Personal projects, Personality assessment, Personality theory, Psychometrics, Social ecology, Well-being
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.26100-X
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Little, B.R, & Coulombe, S. (Simon). (2015). Personal Projects. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 757–765). doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.26100-X