Purpose of this section:
- To promote research and exchange of
research information on the role of personal meaning in
health and well-being.
- To foster collaborative efforts in
research on personal meaning.
- To provide the most comprehensive
and up-to-date bibliography on research related to meaning
The time for the positive psychology of
personal meaning has finally arrived! We are on the verge
of exciting new theoretical developments and high-impact research
The impact of meaning on health and human
behaviour is pervasive -- ranging from happiness, health,
stress resistance, addiction recovery, to death acceptance.
Yet, research in these areas has been very limited; the potential
for growth is tremendous.
Locus of control, optimism and personal
meaning constitute the triade of positive psychology. The
first two areas have already received a great deal of research
attention. The third area is beginning to emerge as a major
This is high time for researchers interested
in the transforming power of personal meaning to network with
each other and spur each other on in developing this new research
If you share this vision, please register
in Directory of Meaning Researchers. We also invite you to
post articles in this forum. Let's catch the wave together
and see where it leads us.
"After hundreds of years in
the wilderness of philosophical and religious discourse, the
concept of personal meaning has emerged as a serious candidate
for scientific research and clinical applications. The diversity
of paradigms, the range of conceptual models, and the wealth
of implications for practice, as evidenced in this volume,
attest to an amazing surge of interest in meaning seeking.
There is now a critical mass of empirical evidence and a convergence
of expert opinions that personal meaning is important not
only for survival but also for health and well-being."
the Introduction to The Human Quest For Meaning.
A collection of articles from our archives
that are either about research, or are research papers. Submissions
to the list are welcome.
If you are looking to see what resources
follow researchers are using, look no further.
Constantly growing, add your name
if you would like to give other researchers the oppertunity
to communicate with you. Or use this resource to connect with
other researchers in your area.
of Graduate schools
These are various schools that offer courses
dealing with humanistic and existential studies. Let us know
if there is any you think are missing.