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The psychology of meaning

Author: Keith D Markman; Travis Proulx; Matthew J Lindberg
Publisher: Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, ©2013.
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From moral philosophy and existentialism to the clinical realm of psychotherapy, The Psychology of Meaning explores the multifaceted nature of this highly subjective construct. The volume's contributors examine meaning along five dimensions the architecture of meaning, responding to uncertainty, meaning from retrospection, compensating for meaning violations, and restoring meaning: physiological and neurocognitive  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith D Markman; Travis Proulx; Matthew J Lindberg
ISBN: 9781433812248 143381224X
OCLC Number: 800352508
Description: xi, 508 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1 Introduction: The New Science of Meaning / Matthew J. Lindberg --
I. The Architecture of Meaning --
2. Three Forms of Meaning and the Management of Complexity / Jordan B. Peterson --
3. An Edifice for Enduring Personal Value: A Terror Management Perspective on the Human Quest for Multilevel Meaning / Matthew Vess --
4. Beyond Mortality and the Self: Meaning Makes a Comeback / Travis Proulx --
II. Epistemic Understanding --
5. Truth Motivation / E. Tory Higgins --
6. Lay Theories of Personality as Cornerstones of Meaning / Jason E. Plaks --
7. Making Meaning by Seeing Human / Adam Waytz --
III. Teleological Understanding: A Guide for Living --
8. Autobiographical Memory and the Creation of Meaning From Personally Experienced Events / John J. Skowronski --
9. How Actors, Agents, and Authors Find Meaning in Life / Dan P. McAdams --
10. Meaning and Morality: A Natural Coupling / Ronnie Janoff-Bulman --
11. Wrestling With Our Better Selves: The Search for Meaning in Life / Michael F. Steger --
IV. Teleological Understanding: Explanations for Events --
12. Searching for and Finding Meaning Following Personal and Collective Traumas / John A. Updegraff --
13. Spirituality and Meaning Making in Cancer Survivorship / Crystal L. Park --
14. Finding Silver Linings: Meaning Making as a Compensatory Response to Negative Experiences / Grainne M. Fitzsimons --
15. Finding Meaning in One's Past: Nostalgia as an Existential Resource / Jacob Juhl --
16. Twists of Fate: Moments in Time and What Might Have Been in the Emergence of Meaning / Adam D. Galinsky --
17. "It Was Meant to Be": Retrospective Meaning Construction Through Mental Simulation / Hyeman Choi --
V. Restoring Meaning --
18. Meaning Making Following Activation of the Behavioral Inhibition System: How Caring Less About What Others Think May Help Us to Make Sense of What Is Going on / Kees van den Bos --
19. The Embodiment of Meaning Violations / Brenda Major --
20. Neural and Motivational Mechanics of Meaning and Threat / Ian McGregor --
21. Still a Thrill: Meaning Making and the Pleasures of Uncertainty / Daniel T. Gilbert --
22. What Makes Life Meaningful: Positive Mood Works in a Pinch / Laura A. King --
23. Psychotherapy and the Restoration of Meaning: Existential Philosophy in Clinical Practice / Matthew J. Lindberg.
Responsibility: edited by Keith D. Markman, Travis Proulx, and Matthew J. Lindberg.

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From moral philosophy and existentialism to the clinical realm of psychotherapy, The Psychology of Meaning explores the multifaceted nature of this highly subjective construct. The volume's contributors examine meaning along five dimensions the architecture of meaning, responding to uncertainty, meaning from retrospection, compensating for meaning violations, and restoring meaning: physiological and neurocognitive mechanisms. The editors of this groundbreaking work bring together top researchers and scholars to explore the crucial intersection of the psychological and philosophical dimensions of psychic life. Contributors to this sweeping survey examine not only the many phenomenological aspects of meaning, but also the clinical aspects of people's reactions to the loss of meaning, to uncertainty, and to meaning violations when things that were once central to one's life no longer make much sense. The book concludes with a scholarly, clinical survey of how psychotherapy can help restore meaning in the face of persistent meaning violations. Written for scholars and students in introductory or advanced social psychology courses, The Psychology of Meaning will also appeal to clinicians specializing in existential humanistic psychotherapy.

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