Educational Acmeology. Developmental Psychology

Izvestiya of Saratov University.

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Levit L. Z. Happiness and Meaning: the Discussion with M. Seligman. Izvestiya of Saratov University. Educational Acmeology. Developmental Psychology, 2015, vol. 4, iss. 1, pp. 25-27. DOI: 10.18500/2304-9790-2015-4-1-25-27

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Happiness and Meaning: the Discussion with M. Seligman

Levit Leonid Z., Center for Psychological Health and Education, Minsk, Belarus

The author presents theoretical views and experimental results, which question M. Seligman's statement concerning the necessity of a person's attachment to something outer and bigger than herself in order to achieve meaning in life. In the frame of the author's theoretic conception, meaning is achieved with the help of realization of something inner, smaller and higher, not bigger and outer. Numerous positive correlations between the «meaning» and the «egoism» constructs are much stronger than between meaning and altruism. The results obtained demonstrate the preferable possibility for a person to construct meaning which is based on her own inner potential (the ideal part of self) and its realization.


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