International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology

Integrity: A Way In and Out of the Existential Abyss

Nedra R. Lander

School of Psychology & Faculty of Medicine University of Ottawa

Danielle Nahon

Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa


The Integrity model (Lander & Nahon, 1992, 2005; Mowrer, 1953, 1964a) focuses on the search for a meaningful life as based on honouring our values, and whether one is willing to pay the price for the rankings of one’s values. This theoretical and clinically-based paper offers an Integrity model perspective in addressing issues of meaningfulness and well-being in the arenas of (a) men’s workplace stress, (b) post-traumatic stress, and (c) dying well. The manner in which the Integrity model provides a vehicle for individuals to make their way in and out of the existential abyss by choosing to act in accordance with their values, thereby finding ways to live with a sense of wholeness and joy that results from one’s earned Integrity and self-respect, will be explored.

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