This volume makes a powerful case for the inclusion of ultimate concerns - spiritual and religious themes in personal strivings - in an attempt to build a motivational theory of personality. The book first reviews the growing body of empirical and clinical literature on goal seeking and its relationship to subjective well-being, life satisfaction, and personality description. Emmons then sets forth an innovative framework for the assessment and measurement of ultimate concerns.
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Part I: Personal Goals: An Approach to Personality and Subjective Well-Being. Introduction: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality. Personal Goals as Units of Analysis. Personal Goals and Subjective Well-Being. Goal Conflict and Personality Fragmentation. Part II: Spirituality, Goals, and Intelligence. Spiritual Strivings as Ultimate Concerns. From Goal to Whole: Spiritual Strivings and Personality Integration. Personal Goals and Life Meaning. Spiritual Intelligence: Toward a Theory of Personality and Spirituality. Appendix A: Personal Striving Assessment Packet. Appendix B: Personal Striving Coding Manual.
"Emmons has done a great service to psychology with this book....He has connected two previously unconnected lines of thought in a heuristic and highly compelling manner. The organization of the book is flawless and the writing is lucid....We have no doubt that the book will be, to use a spiritual term, ''nspiring' to many researchers."-- (07/18/2003) "A valuable resource....Will be appreciated by those who need more than intuitive or anecdotal evidence for the impact that religion/spirituality have on humankind's personality integration and well-being. It also provides an excellent model for doing empirical research. Students and scholars alike will benefit from following Emmons' blueprint. Finally, both clinicians and researchers will benefit from the author's recognition that religious/spiritual world views are central to the theory of human motivation."-- (07/18/2003) "One of the more important works in recent years integrating major areas of psychology, religion, and spirituality.....Reading [this book] is both intellectually stimulating and personally satisfying. Get yourself a copy."-- (07/18/2003)
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