The Experience of Meaning in Life

Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies

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

  • 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
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About this book

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 describes 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.

About the authors

Joshua Hicks earned his BA from San Francisco State University, MS from Villanova University, and PhD from the University of Missouri. He is currently an assistant professor in the psychology department at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His research focuses on classic and applied questions related to social and personality psychology. Although the specific question has varied, these lines of investigation are unified by their aim to understand the dynamic interplay of individual differences, situational factors, and cognitive processes in important outcomes such as the experience of meaning in life, positive emotions, psychological well-being, intuition, the link between substance use and behaviour, judgment and decision making processes, and personality development.

Clay Routledge earned his BA from Missouri Southern State University and his MS and PhD from the University of Missouri. He spent two years as an assistant professor in the Centre for Research on Self and Identity at the University of Southampton, UK and is now an assistant professor in the psychology dept at North Dakota State University. He is trained as an experimental social psychologist and his research focuses on the many ways people navigate their social and cultural worlds in order to attain and sustain a sense of meaning, happiness, social connectedness, and self-transcendence.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The editors have succeeded in exposing readers to a wide range of theoretical and empirical treatments of meaning. Therefore, I highly recommend this book as a useful resource for research and applications.” (Paul T. P. Wong, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (22), 2014)

Table of contents (30 chapters)

  • The Four Needs for Meaning, the Value Gap, and How (and Whether) Society Can Fill the Void

    Crescioni, A. Will (et al.)

    Pages 3-15

  • A Terror Management Perspective on the Creation and Defense of Meaning

    Sullivan, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 17-30

  • I Die, Therefore I Am: The Pursuit of Meaning in the Light of Death

    Cozzolino, Philip J. (et al.)

    Pages 31-45

  • Meaning Maintenance Model: Introducing Soren to Existential Social Psychology

    Proulx, Travis

    Pages 47-59

  • Trauma and Meaning Making: Converging Conceptualizations and Emerging Evidence

    Park, Crystal L.

    Pages 61-76

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eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $179.00
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover n/a
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Experience of Meaning in Life
Book Subtitle
Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies
Editors
  • Joshua A. Hicks
  • Clay Routledge
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6527-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6527-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6526-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9648-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 417
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