This is episode 17 of the Ikigai podcast and I have the pleasure of Shintaro Kono, Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, joining us again to share his research related to ikigai.
Shin first came on episode 4 of Ikigai Podcast, Finding Ikigai in Leisure, and shared his keiken theory; that ikigai is strongly felt in valued experiences that are enjoyable, effortful, stimulating and comforting.
In this episode Shin shares his research results from a qualitative study on how Japanese university students experience ikigai with a focus on interpersonal relationships.
In summary, Shin's research and resulting theory suggests that having authentic relationship is characterised by two distinct types of subjective perceptions; self-authenticity and genuine care. Authentic relationship was often developed and maintained through two modes of interaction; "experiencing together", and "communicating experiences". Lastly, these interactions were conditioned by echoed values and trust.