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Article

Converging Paths Toward Meaning

Journal of Constructivist Psychology. 2017. Vol. 30. No. 1. P. 74-81.

The article summarizes the current discussion of personal meaning in the context of the history of the psychological study of the construct of meaning. The first section provides an historical overview of the psychological study of meaning, including the recent surge of publications during the past five years that have emphasized the task of dialogical integration. The second section reviews the articles  included in this issue from the viewpoint of their contribution to this integration. The results of this round of discussions are summarized as 3 statements that might serve as the basis for a consensus regarding the construct of personal meaning: 1. The importance of the construct of meaning; 2. Its tripartite structure, including motivational, emotional, and cognitive components; 3. Its irreducibility to either objective or subjective components and the importance of understanding the holistic quality of meaning emerging in the interplay of the two realms.