Meaning & Values

Here you will find articles about meaning and values as well as important research findings and useful and interesting insights on what makes life most worth living.

Logotherapy: Viktor Frankl’s Theory of Meaning

Victor Frankl's Logotherapy

As the sun cascades behind the distant mountains, it creates a beautiful array of orange, peach, and pink. When we bask in the glory of a sunset and reflect on creation, or enjoy the embrace of a loved one, it provides meaning. As we engage with our community, participate in […]

7 Best Books to Help You Find The Meaning of Life

Meaning of life books

What is our purpose? What aims should we pursue to live a fulfilling life? There is no more important topic than the meaning of our lives. Many thinkers, past and present, have grappled with it (Baggini, 2005; & Eagleton, 2007.) Broadly speaking, the theorists of meaning fall into two camps. […]

Identifying and Challenging Core Beliefs: 12 Helpful Worksheets

core beliefs worksheets such as the world is flat

  What are core beliefs, and why do they matter? Core beliefs are our most deeply held assumptions about ourselves, the world, and others. They are firmly embedded in our thinking and significantly shape our reality and behaviors. In fact, nothing matters more than our core beliefs. They are the […]

Socratic Questioning in Psychology: Examples and Techniques

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The philosopher Socrates is something of an enigma. Condemned to death in 399BC and leaving no written works, we rely extensively on the writings of his pupil—and philosophical heavyweight—Plato (Honderich, 2005). Perhaps Socrates’ most significant legacy is his contribution to the art of conversation, known as Socratic Questioning. In which, […]

Realizing Your Meaning: 5 Ways to Live a Meaningful Life

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At some stage of our time on earth, we might wonder what is the meaning of our lives. If you have ever had this thought - then take comfort that you are not alone. There is ample anecdotal evidence that people are looking for ways to live a more meaningful […]

What Does it Mean to Have a Sense of Coherence? (+Scale)

sense of coherence

According to Harvard Health, the Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC) is a scale that assesses how people view life and a scale that seeks to identify how people might use their resources to overcome resistance and maintain and develop their health. The concept of a sense of coherence (SOC) originated […]

The 3 Best Questionnaires for Measuring Values

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Our values fuel our actions, emotions, and behavior. It is a crucial aspect of significant branches of studies, including sociology, philosophy, education, and psychology. Values are tied in with ethics and morals; they guide our judgment and prepare us to choose actions according to their consequences. The human value system […]

#2 PositivePsychology.com Podcast – Passion, Work, and Money

positive psychology podcast passion

In this episode, Hugo and Seph talk about their entrepreneurial journey, their passion, and the tough decisions they've had to make in order to follow it. Packed with a lot of practical and strategic tips, listening to this episode may inspire you to find and follow your own passion in […]

Introvert vs Extrovert: A Look at the Spectrum and Psychology

Introvert VS Extrovert: A Look at the Spectrum and Psychology

The concept of extroversion isn't new, under one heading or another, theories of extroversion/introversion have been apparent in psychological literature for over 100 years. Many theories incorporate an individual's level of extroversion/introversion as a key factor underpinning personality. Extroversion plays a role in mediating how a person tends to direct […]

What is Eudaimonia? Aristotle and Eudaimonic Well-Being

What is Eudaimonia

There are a million different ways to define happiness. Especially in the field of psychology, where operational definitions are a constant work in progress. Eudaimonia is not only one of the oldest, but it has stood the test of time for another reason. That reason being, eudaimonia has the whole […]

What Are Attributional and Explanatory Styles in Psychology?

Attributional and explanatory styles

How do you view positive and negative life events? Perhaps you blame yourself when faced with failure while never giving yourself credit for the good. In the face of adversity, can you see past the present moment and know that things will get better? The way you attribute and explain […]

What is Positive Aging? 10 Tips to Promote the Positive Aspects of Aging

positive aging

How do you feel about growing old? For some, it's a scary time filled with change and loneliness. But it doesn't need to be that way. In fact, it shouldn't. We're social creatures and growing old isn't a solo sport. That’s what positive aging is all about. How we choose […]

Meaning & Existential Positive Psychology [PODCAST]

The Flourishing Center - Certification in Applied Positive Psychology

Press play and enjoy this conversation I had with friend and colleague Emiliya Zhivotovskaya. In this podcast episode, we touch on the following subjects: Why asking better questions is crucial The concept of "purpose anxiety" How excessive focus on the self and one's own problems makes everything worse How to […]

What is Self-Transcendence? Definition and 6 Examples (+PDF)

What is Self-Transcendence? Definition and 6 Examples (+PDF)

Self-transcendence: it’s a term you’ve probably heard before. However, if you’re like me, you never had a good grasp on exactly what it meant. You might have a hazy idea of “transcending” being akin to “rising above” and think of the concept as rising above oneself, but you don’t really […]

Values Clarification: How Reflection On Core Values Is Used In CBT

Values Clarification: How Reflection On Core Values Is Used In CBT

Values clarification is a technique used in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that aims to help people understand their value systems. This article will cover what values clarification is and why it's important in CBT. Finally, this article will cover how to use values clarification in therapy. This article contains: What Is […]

What is the Meaning of Life According to Positive Psychology

How Meaning (of Life) is Approached in Positive Psychology

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only […]

Existential Therapy: Make Your Own Meaning

Existential Therapy: Make Your Own Meaning

You may have a certain set of assumptions or associations pop into your head when you hear (or read) the word “existential.” Perhaps you think of movies or books where “everyone dies” seems to be the overarching message. Maybe you recall philosophers you read about in high school or college […]

How To Accept The Impermanence Of Life

Impermenance

Moments come and go. Days pass by, turning into weeks, then months, then years. You and the life you lead are constantly changing. Nothing is permanent. It is beneficial to remind yourself of this as you confront adversity and as negative emotions become overwhelming. At some point, nearly all of us […]

On the Meaning of Meaning: What Are We Really Looking For?

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If you have ever wondered about meaning, you are not alone in that quest for answers. The question of meaning is not really one question but actually represents a cipher for a vast number of further questions. And it is by no means obvious whether these questions are answerable at […]