Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology

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This book is a first attempt to combine insights from the two perspectives with regard to the question of meaning by examining a collection of theoretical and empirical works. This volume therefore is destined to become an important addition to psychological literature: both from the viewpoint of the history of ideas (again this would be one of the first times that positive and existentialist psychologies meet) and from the viewpoint of theoretical and empirical research into the meaning concept in psychology.


Part I: Introduction.- Psychologies of meaning.-
Part II: Conceptualizations of Meaning.- Meaning of Life: The Nature, Needs, and Myths.- Existential Mattering: Bringing Attention to a Neglected but Central Aspect of Meaning?.- Meaning as a Buffer for Existential Anxiety.- Meaning in Terror Management Theory.- Finding the Keys to Meaningful Happiness: Beyond Being Happy or Sad is Love.-
Part III: A Dialogue Between Positive and Existential Psychology: Exploring Connections.- Extending the contexts of existence: benefits of meaning-guided living.- Ultimate Concerns from Existential and Positive Psychological Perspectives.- Narrative coherence and disruption: negotiating between positive and existential psychology.- Viktor Frankl's Meaning-Seeking Model and Positive Psychology.- Positive Psychology, Existential Psychology, and the Presumption of Egoism.- Anxiety and the Approach of Idealistic Meaning.- Positive and Existential Psychological Approaches to the Experience of Meaning in Life.-
Part IV: Empirical and Applied Perspectives.- Clinical Utilizations of Meanings.- Meaning in life and coping: Sense of meaning as a buffer against stress.- Perceived Meaning and Disaster Mental Health: A Role for Logotherapy in Clinical-Disaster Psychology.- Meaning Sensitive Psychotherapy: Binding Clinical, Existential, and Positive Psychological Perspectives.- Special Issues and Challenging Life Events.- Hardiness Leads to Meaningful Growth Through What is Learned when Resolving Stressful Circumstances.- Do Meaning in Life and Purpose in Life Protect Against Suicide Ideation among Community-Residing Older Adults?.- Mourning, Meaning and Memory: Individual, Communal and Cultural Narration of Grief.- Ebb and Flow in the Sense of Meaning Purpose: A Lifespan Perspective on Alcohol and Other Drug Involvement.- Well-Being and Personal Growth in Emerging Motherhood - And What about Meaning?.



Alexander Batthyany holds the Viktor Frankl Chair for Philosophy and Psychology at the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He teaches theory of Cognitive Science at Vienna University's Cognitive Science Program and Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Department of Psychiatry at Vienna Medical School. Since 2012, Batthyany is Visiting Professor for Existential Psychotherapy at the Moscow University Institute of Psychoanalysis. He is director of the Viktor Frankl Institute and the Viktor Frankl Archives in Vienna and first editor of the 14-volume Edition of the Collected Works of Viktor Frankl. Batthyany has published several books and articles and lectures widely on philosophical and existential psychology, philosophy of mind, and theory of cognitive science.
Pninit Russo-Netzer is a researcher at the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Haifa. Her main research and practice interests focus upon Positive Psychology, meaning in life and Logotherapy, spirituality, change and development. Pninit has published several articles, developed programs and curricula for various organizations on these topics. Pninit lectures on positive psychology and related topics in a number of academic institutions and conducts workshops and training in organizations. She serves as academic advisor and consultant to both academic and non-academic institutions. She is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and serves on board of directors of the Logotherapy Association in Israel.


From the reviews:

"In this context, Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology is valuable not only in content, but also a model for bringing together in dialogue and collaboration two schools of psychology that have a history of conflict. The contributors to this volume do not idealistically look to unify existential and positive psychology by oversimplifying or dodging the differences and debates; rather, they take seriously and honor differences in a constructive manner. The primary emphasis of the text is on what these two schools can learn from each other and how they can work together. Some chapters accomplish this better than others, as would be expected in a book with 21 chapters and over 400 pages. Yet, the overall tone of the book is one of collaboration and respect...Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology will help bridge the divide and promote a more collaborative relationship. If the book does nothing more than accomplish this, it would be an extremely important contribution. However, the book has much more to offer. This volume is an important contribution and important read for anyone interested in existential psychology, positive psychology, and/or the study and application of meaning."
Louis Hoffman
PsycCRITIQUES, December 22, 2014, Vol. 59, No. 51, Article 8

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Verlag: Springer New York
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2014
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