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.

Existential Meaning: Reflections and Directions

Existential meaning: Reflections and directions
Gary T.Reker and KerryChamberlain

The contributions presented in this volume cover a diverse arena and raise a variety of issues and debates around existential meaning. An examination of these contributions reveals a number of themes that underlie the discussions and provide a general framework for approaching existential meaning. These themes in their turn suggest implications and offer possibilities for future development in the area. In the first part of this chapter, we attempt to explicate the common threads that unite the chapters and highlight issues of particular relevance. Then we offer a consideration of current theoretical and conceptual developments in existential meaning and future directions for research. Finally, we explore applications of meaning, including ways of maintaining ...

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