Yes, people don’t really distinguish between life satisfaction
and happiness. At one point I was saying the word
“happiness” should be retired because it’s so ambiguous. But
if it’s to be retained, it should be applied to experience, and
what you think about your life should be called “satisfaction”
or some other word.
There’s such a dilemma about defining subjective well-being. All of us prefer unitary definitions to definitions that
are all over the place. But for this one, a unitary definition
doesn’t work because you cannot ignore life satisfaction as
a measure of well-being. And the reason you cannot ignore
it is that this is what people want to achieve. People have
goals, and they want to achieve those goals. And the tradeoff
between the misery of diapers and measles and all that, and
just the joy of children, are incommensurate. I mean it’s clear
that one of them is vastly more important than the other. So,
this is one way of looking at it.
On the other hand, you really cannot ignore the
experiencing self either. So how do you find a balance between
these two not entirely compatible ways of looking at life and
happiness and well-being? That’s unsolved. I haven’t solved it.
I take some pride in having raised the question, but I haven’t
solved the question.
one last question. your book was dedicated to
Amos Tversky, and painted a vivid portrait of how
you two worked together. Could you talk a bit
about that collaboration and how it made your
We were really exceptionally lucky. What we were doing and
the way we were doing it meshed very well. It turned out
we could do a lot of research while walking, by testing each
other’s intuitions, and so we didn’t need a lab. If the two of us
agreed that we shared the same intuition, collecting the data
and showing that other people shared the intuition became
almost secondary. We were pretty sure, and we were almost
Each of us found the other extremely interesting. That was
a joy and we knew it. We were particularly fortunate because
our skills overlapped enough that we understood each other
immediately, but we kept surprising each other, and that’s
because we had somewhat different skills. I was more intuitive
and he was more formal; he had the clearer mind. And the
combination really worked extremely well. We were very
lucky. That comes through, doesn’t it? n
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