International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology

The Quest to Capture Personal Meaning in Psychology

Zvi Bellin, Ph.D

Loyola University in Maryland


In this literature review the construct of personal meaning is explored through the disciplines of psychology, theology, and philosophy. Emphasis is placed on the translation of meaning theory into the research of personal meaning. The connections between meaning and religion and spirituality are explored. Several meaning measurements and their shortcomings are reviewed; narrative analysis is offered as a contemporary advancement in meaning research.

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