Youth’s Beliefs about Life Success: Value Aspect of Research

  • Veniamin Vinkov
Keywords: beliefs, image, life success, life landmarks, values, youth


It is found out that the concept of life success among young people usually
includes good relations, social recognition, financial stability, professionalism, career,
influence, and creative self-realization. It is noticed that the most frequent idea about
life success is related to good relations and creative self-realization. Connection of
these beliefs and values were studied by means of personality values methodology
(Sh. Schwarz). Following leading values were identified, in particular, among young
people: values of achievement, independence, hedonism, safety, and goodwill, related
to the tendency of openness to change as well as self-aggrandizement (but not to
transcendence and conservatism). It is established that good relations are based on
values of conformity, tradition, goodwill, and safety; social confession corresponds
with values of goodwill and universalism, and wealth is based on values of conformity,
hedonism, and power. Professionalism relates to values of conformity, tradition,
goodwill, universalism, independence, stimulation, achievement and safety; the

career is connected with conformity and achievement, while influence links to
stimulation and power values. It is emphasized that young people, who prioritize
creative self-realization, also recognize the value of independence, while young
people, who tend to values of conformity and universalism, consider balance as a
key factor of life success and risk as a factor linked to stimulation value. It is
observed that young people, who acknowledge independence value foremost, usually
deny priority of social connections for success achievement and rely more on
themselves; when certain results are achieved, such young people openly demonstrate
their position and are open to sharing their success with others.

How to Cite
Vinkov, V. (2018). Youth’s Beliefs about Life Success: Value Aspect of Research. Scientific Studios on Social and Political Psychology, (42(45), 126-138.