The Human Quest for Meaning: Theories, Research, and Applications

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Paul T. P. Wong
Routledge, Jun 19, 2013 - Psychology - 768 pages
The first edition of The Human Quest for Meaning was a major publication on the empirical research of meaning in life and its vital role in well-being, resilience, and psychotherapy. This new edition continues that quest and seeks to answer the questions, what is the meaning of life? How do we explain what constitutes meaningful relationships, work, and living?
The answers, as the eminent scholars and practitioners who contributed to this text find, are neither simple nor straightforward. While seeking to clarify subjective vs. objective meaning in 21 new and 7 revised chapters, the authors also address the differences in cultural contexts, and identify 8 different sources of meaning, as well as at least 6 different stages in the process of the search for meaning. They also address different perspectives, including positive psychology, self-determination, integrative, narrative, and relational perspectives, to ensure that readers obtain the most thorough information possible. Mental health practitioners will find the numerous meaning-centered interventions, such as the PURE and ABCDE methods, highly useful in their own work with facilitating healing and personal growth in their clients. The Human Quest for Meaning represents a bold new vision for the future of meaning-oriented research and applications. No one seeking to truly understand the human condition should be without it.
 

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Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Toward a DualSystems Model of What Makes Life Worth
The Search for Meaning in Evolutionary GoalTheory
Creating Meaning Through Making Decisions
A SelfDetermination
Meaning and Personality
The Intersection
Stable
Life Meaning and Purpose in Life Among Chinese
MeaninginLife Measures and Development of a Brief
Restoring Maintaining and Enhancing Personal Meaning
Meaning in Life and Healthy Aging
Personal Meaning in Life and Psychosocial Adaptation in
Meaning and Agency in the Context of Genetic Testing
Applications

On the Distinction Between Subjective WellBeing
Optimal Functioning at
The Meaning of Love
Meaning and Death Attitudes
Existential WellBeing and Health
A Psychological Quest for Meaning
Character Strengths and the Life of Meaning
Empirical
Meaning and Meaning Making in Cancer Survivorship
The Importance of Goal
Theoretical
A MeaningCentered Approach to Building Youth Resilience
From Logotherapy to MeaningCentered Counseling
Author Index
Subject Index
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Paul T. P. Wong, PhD, is a registered clinical psychologist in Ontario, Canada. He is president of the International Network on Personal Meaning, editor of the International Journal of Personal Meaning, and has held professional positions at various universities.

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