Psychology of Adjustment: The Search for Meaningful Balance combines a student focus with state-of-the-art theory and research to help readers understand and adjust to life in a context of continuous change, challenge, and opportunity. Incorporating existential and third wave behavioral psychology perspectives, the authors emphasize the importance of meaning, mindfulness, and psychologically-informed awareness and skill. An inviting writing style, examples from broad ethnic, cultural, gender, and geographic areas, ample pedagogical support, and cutting-edge topical coverage make this a psychological adjustment text for the 21st century.

Purpose in Life
Purpose in Life
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the basic principles of existential psychology.
  • Summarize findings about the influence of coherence, purpose in life, and existential hardiness on well-being.
  • Explain the role of spirituality and religion in adjustment.
  • Describe the effects of choice and free will on individuals’ attitudes and behaviors.

He remembered the discussion quite well. The day had been bright and sunny. His mom had nagged at him about some little detail regarding his college application, but he knew it was her way of handling her nervousness at the prospect of his leaving. So they had an extended discussion regarding his application to an out-of-state school. No, he did not have to go out of state. There were plenty of very good schools near his home. ...

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