The recent emphasis on a realist ontology that cannot be overshadowed by<br />subjectivist or relativist perspectives seems to have a number of<br />consequences for psychology as well. My attempt here is to analyse the<br />relationship between happiness as a state of the individual and the<br />states of the external world and the brain events related to (or, in<br />some hypotheses, causally responsible for) its occurrence. It can be<br />maintained that different degrees of realism are suitable to describe<br />the states of happiness and this fact might have relevant psychological<br />implications, namely for the so-called positive psychology. This is<br />especially true now that there are methods available to induce<br />subjective states of happiness unrelated to the external conditions<br />usually taken to be linked to such states.
Lavazza, A. (2016). Happiness, psychology, and degrees of realism. Frontiers in Psychology, 7(AUG). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01148