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dc.contributor Cameron, Rebecca P. en_US
dc.contributor Hui Park, Ju en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Meyers, Lawrence S. en_US
dc.contributor.author Brown, Jessica Ashleigh
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-05T22:55:43Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-05T22:55:43Z
dc.date.issued 2020-11-05
dc.date.submitted 2020-08-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/218069
dc.description Thesis (M.A., Psychology)--California State University, Sacramento, 2020. en_US
dc.description.abstract The existential perspective on human existence posits that individuals create meaning for themselves subjectively by becoming authentic. Modern research has defined meaning as well-being, studying objectively constructed sources and goals that provide a universal sense of purpose. The present study created a structural psychological model based on existential theory to represent the process of subjective meaning-making. Results supported the proposed model statistically; interpretations were supported by existential theory. Mediation was achieved in both structures, indicating that having an epistemic interest in self-discovery leads one to self-reflect which through metacognitive self-evaluation creates a curious need to know more and reflect on different perspectives; thus, self-reflection partially mediates epistemic curiosity in developing compassionate perspective-taking. Further, compassionate perspective-taking fully mediated self-reflection’s influence on having a sense of existential meaningfulness through self-transcendence and authenticity. Despite limitations to generalizability, the study provides a successful base for future research on existentially based processes of subjective meaning-making. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Psychology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Existentialism en_US
dc.subject Meaning-in-life en_US
dc.subject Existential theory en_US
dc.subject Subjectivity en_US
dc.subject Self-reflection en_US
dc.subject Epistemic curiosity en_US
dc.subject Perspective-taking en_US
dc.subject Compassion en_US
dc.subject Intersubjectivity en_US
dc.title My eternal doubt: a structural analysis of existential meaningfulness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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