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Psychology | The Experience of Meaning in Life - Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies

The Experience of Meaning in Life

Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies

Hicks, Joshua A., Routledge, Clay (Eds.)

2013, XII, 417 p. 2 illus.

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  • Provides reviews of research programs investigating the science of meaning in life
  • Features expert opinions on the state of meaning in life research in the psychological sciences
  • Each chapter addresses current issues, controversies, and suggests future directions in meaning in life research

This edited volume takes an in depth exploration into the burgeoning field of meaning in life in the psychological sciences. Each chapter features leading scholars who describe current empirical findings in a thorough and accessible manner, highlighting important issues and controversies facing the scientific study of meaning in life. The book covers an exhaustive range of topics including conceptual and methodological issues, core psychological mechanisms that contribute to a sense of meaning, as well as important antecedents, environmental, cognitive and personality variables that bear on the experience of meaning in life. This volume is a must read for any researcher, student, or clinician interested in the state of meaning in life in the psychological sciences.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Construction and Destruction of Meaning - Emotions and Meaning in Life - Existential Psychology - Hardiness and Searching for Meaning - Meaning and Belonging - Meaning and Commitment across the Adult Life Span - Meaning in Life - Meaning in the light of Death - Meaningfulness at Work - Mindfulness - Perceptions of a Meaningful Self - Positive Psychology - Psychological Well-being - Religion and Meaning of Life - Subjective Well-being - The Making of Meaning - The Meaning of Hope - Wellspring of Meaning

Related subjects » Personality & Social Psychology - Psychology - Wellbeing & Quality-of-Life

Table of contents 

Introduction; Joshua A. Hicks and  Clay Routledge.- Part I. Theoretical Perspectives.- Chapter 1. The Four Needs for Meaning, the Value gap, and How (and Whether) Society Can Fill the Void; A. Will Crescioni and Roy F. Baumeister.- Chapter 2. A Terror Management Perspective on the Creation and Defense of Meaning; Daniel Sullivan, Spee Kosloff and Jeff Greenberg.- Chapter 3. I Die, therefore I Am: The Pursuit of Meaning in the Light of Death; Philip J. Cozzolino and Laura E. R. Blackie.- Chapter 4. Meaning Maintenance Model: Introducing Soren to Existential Social Psychology; Travis Proulx.- Chapter 5. Trauma and Meaning Making: Converging Conceptualizations and Emerging Evidence; Crystal L. Park.- Chapter 6. Subjective Well-Being and Meaning in Life in a Hostile World:  Proposing a Configurative Perspective; Dov Shmotkin and Amit Shrira.- Chapter 7. The Origins of Meaning: Objective Reality, the Unconscious Mind, and Awareness; Samantha J. Heintzelman and Laura A. King.- Part II. Cognition, Decision Making, and Motivational Processes.- Chapter 8. Destiny is in the Details: Action Identification in the Construction and Destruction of Meaning; Jay L. Michaels, Steven S. Parkin and Robin R. Vallacher.- Chapter 9. Emotions and Meaning in Life: A Motivational Perspective; David Tang, Nicholas J. Kelley, Joshua A. Hicks and Eddie Harmon-Jones.- Chapter 10. Meaning and the Horizon of Interpretation: How Goals Structure Our Experience of the World; Jacob B. Hirsh.- Chapter 11. The Meaning of Hope and Vice Versa:  Goal-Directed Thinking and the Construction of a Meaningful Life; David B. Feldman.- Chapter 12.  Any Second Could Be the Second: How Thinking about What Might Have Been Affects the Emergence of Meaning and Commitment across the Adult Life Span; Hal E. Hershfield, Courtney E. Brown and  Laura J. Kray.- Chapter 13. Judgments of Meaning in Life Following Existential Crises; William E. Davis and  Joshua A. Hicks.- Part III. Self, Identity, and Individual Differences.- Chapter 14. Examining the True Self as a Wellspring of Meaning; Rebecca J. Schlegel, Christina M. Smith, and Kelly A. Hirsch.- Chapter 15. Finding Meaning in the Mirror: The Existential Pursuits of Narcissists; Constantine Sedikides, Claire M. Hart, Sylwia Z. Cisek, and Clay Routledge.- Chapter 16. “But Wait, It Gets Even Weirder…”: The Meaning of Stories; Kate C. McLean and  Sarah Morrison-Cohen.- Chapter 17. Nostalgia Bolsters Perceptions of a Meaningful Self in a Meaningful World; Jacob Juhl and Clay Routledge.- Chapter 18.  Hardiness as the Existential Courage to Grow through Searching for Meaning; Salvatore R. Maddi.- Chapter 19. Generativity and the Meaning of Life; Ed de St. Aubin.- Chapter 20. Unique Contributions of Religion to Meaning; A. Taylor Newton and Daniel N. McIntosh.- Chapter 21. Death, the Need for Unambiguous Knowledge, and the Construction and Maintenance of Multi-Level Meaning; Matthew Vess.- Part IV. Culture and Interpersonal Processes.- Chapter 22. Attachment Orientations and Meaning in Life; Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver.- Chapter 23. The Bidirectional Relationship of Meaning and Belonging; Tyler F. Stillman and  Nathaniel M. Lambert.- Chapter 24. Culture: The Grand Web of Meanings; Melody Manchi Chao and Pelin Kesebir.- Chapter 25. Is Happiness a Moving Target?  The Relationship between Residential Mobility and Meaning in Life; Casey Eggleston and Shigehiro Oishi.- Part V. Applications.- Chapter 26. Multi-Layered Meanings in Health Decision Making:  A Terror Management Health Model Analysis; Simon McCabe,  Kenneth E. Vail III, Jamie Arndt , and  Jamie Goldenberg.- Chapter 27. Cultivating Meaningfulness at Work; Bryan J. Dik, Michael F. Steger, Arissa R. Fitch-Martin and Casey C. Onder.- Chapter 28. A Meaning-Based Intervention for Addiction: Using Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness to Treat Alcohol Abuse; Jefferson A. Singer, Bruce F. Singer and Meredith Berry.- Chapter 29. Life, Drugs, and the Making of Meaning; Joseph De Leo and Mitch Earleywine.- Chapter 30. Meaning in Life as the Aim of Psychotherapy: A Hypothesis; Thaddeus Metz.

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