The Experience of Meaning in Life

Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies

  • Joshua A. Hicks
  • Clay Routledge

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theoretical Perspectives

  3. Cognition, Decision Making, and Motivational Processes

  4. Self, Identity, and Individual Differences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Rebecca J. Schlegel, Christina M. Smith, Kelly A. Hirsch
      Pages 177-188
    3. Constantine Sedikides, Claire M. Hart, Sylwia Z. Cisek, Clay Routledge
      Pages 189-200
    4. Kate C. McLean, Sarah Morrison-Cohen
      Pages 201-212
    5. Ed de St. Aubin
      Pages 241-255
    6. Taylor Newton, Daniel N. McIntosh
      Pages 257-269
  5. Culture and Interpersonal Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Mario Mikulincer, Phillip R. Shaver
      Pages 287-304
    3. Tyler F. Stillman, Nathaniel M. Lambert
      Pages 305-315
    4. Melody Manchi Chao, Pelin Kesebir
      Pages 317-331
  6. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Simon McCabe, Kenneth E. Vail III, Jamie Arndt, Jamie Goldenberg
      Pages 349-362
    3. Bryan J. Dik, Michael F. Steger, Arissa R. Fitch-Martin, Casey C. Onder
      Pages 363-377
    4. Joseph De Leo, Mitch Earleywine
      Pages 393-403

About this book


This edited volume takes an in depth exploration into the burgeoning field of meaning in life in the psychological sciences. Each chapter features leading scholars who describe current empirical findings in a thorough and accessible manner, highlighting important issues and controversies facing the scientific study of meaning in life. The book covers an exhaustive range of topics including conceptual and methodological issues, core psychological mechanisms that contribute to a sense of meaning, as well as important antecedents, environmental, cognitive and personality variables that bear on the experience of meaning in life. This volume is a must read for any researcher, student, or clinician interested in the state of meaning in life in the psychological sciences.


Construction and Destruction of Meaning Emotions and Meaning in Life Existential Psychology Hardiness and Searching for Meaning Meaning and Belonging Meaning and Commitment across the Adult Life Span Meaning in Life Meaning in the light of Death Meaningfulness at Work Mindfulness Perceptions of a Meaningful Self Positive Psychology Psychological Well-being Religion and Meaning of Life Subjective Well-being The Making of Meaning The Meaning of Hope Wellspring of Meaning

Editors and affiliations

  • Joshua A. Hicks
    • 1
  • Clay Routledge
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. of PsychologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2., Dept of PsychologyNorth Dakota State UniversityFargoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6526-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6527-6
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