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.

The Personal Meaning System in a Life-Span Perspective

The Personal Meaning System in a Life-Span Perspective

The personal meaning system in a life-span perspective
FreyaDittmann-Kohli and Gerben J.Westerhof

The Personal Meaning System

There are two basic meanings of the term meaning. One refers to what is signified and represents the ideas associated with something, for example an event or experience. In this sense the term meaning of life refers to the interpretation of life events and life in general. A second meaning of the term refers to the goals and motives that one has with respect to life events or one's life. The term meaning of life can thus be understood as the interpretation of what it means to live one's life, on the one hand, and the goals and purposes one has in life, on ...

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