012 – Dr Dean Fido on the Ikigai 9

In this episode of the Ikigai Podcast, I speak with Dr. Dean Fido, on his translation and validation of the Ikigai-9.

The Ikigai-9 is a psychometric tool published and validated by Japanese researchers Tadanori Imai, Hisao Osada and Yoshitsugu Nishimura.

The Ikigai-9 is used as a means of measuring Ikigai across the dimensions of;

  • optimistic and positive emotions toward life
  • active and positive attitudes towards one's future
  • and acknowledgment of the meaning of one's existence.

The Ikigai-9

The Ikigai-9 consists of nine items measuring one’s reason for being.

The Ikigai-9 Statements

  • I believe that I have some impact on someone.
  • My life is mentally rich and fulfilled.
  • I am interested in many things.
  • I feel that I am contributing to someone or to society.
  • I would like to develop myself.
  • I often feel that I am happy.
  • I think that my existence is needed by something or someone.
  • I would like to learn something new or start something.
  • I have room in my mind.

The Ikigai-9 has high internal reliability and presents a logistically-convenient measure of ikigai for English-speaking populations.

Dean Fido

Dean Fido

Dean has a  Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Neuroscience. He currently lectures in Criminal Psychology at University of Derby, in the city of Derby, England.

You can follow Dean on Twitter

The Ikigai-9 Study

Download Dean's Ikigai-9 study from the link below:

English Translation and Validation of the Ikigai-9 in a UK Sample


The Ikigai Ebook
  • LEARN what ikigai means to the Japanese.
  • ENJOY life satisfaction in each and every day.
  • EXPERIENCE harmony and connection in your roles & relationships.
  • REACH more states of flow in both your work, hobbies and interests.
  • FIND purpose in your day-to-day living.
  • DEVELOP the frame of mind to build a happy and active life.