Thursday, June 20, 2013

Shipwrecks, Meaning & Meaning Making

     "meaning (is) a 'mental representation of possible relationships among things, events, and relationships. Thus, meaning connects things'. ... the notion of meaning as central to human life is a popular one. Meaning appears particularly important in confronting highly stressful life experiences, and much recent research has focused on meaning making (i.e., the restoration of meaning in the context of highly stressful situations)."
       Park CL. Making sense of the meaning literature: An integrative review of meaning making and its effects on adjustment to stressful life events. Psychol Bull 2010; 136(2): 257-301.
      “How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.
     I have watched people choose growth over fear as they navigated some of life’s most difficult transitions. I have seen how it is possible to approach the challenges of real life with openness and optimism – even with wisdom and joy.”

    Lesser E. “Broken open. How difficult times can help us grow.” Villard, NY, 2005.

Virgil Cheung

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