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Both implicit and existential meaning are important constructs in fully understanding human experience. The editors of this volume present a forum for an array of viewpoints and recent research that address the notion of optimal human growth.
Chapter 3: Theoretical Perspective, Dimensions, and Measurement of Existential Meaning
Theoretical Perspective, Dimensions, and Measurement of Existential Meaning
Existential meaning refers to attempts to understand how events in life fit into a larger context. It involves the process of creating and/or discovering meaning, which is facilitated by a sense of coherence (sense of order, reason for existence, understanding) and a sense of purpose in life (mission in life, direction, goal orientation). It addresses the experience of meaning and seeks answers to questions about, “What is worth living for?’, “What is the purpose of my life?’, “Is there meaning in my life?’ Searching for meaning and finding meaning are core processes in existential meaning-making.
Existential meaning in life has received increased attention in recent years. This welcomed change can ...