136: Meaning, Purpose, and Significance

Today we have Michael Steger on the podcast. Dr. Steger is a Professor of Psychology, and the Founding Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University. He studies the link between meaning in life and well-being, as well as the psychological predictors of physical health and health-risk behaviors, and the facilitators and benefits of engaging in meaningful work.   In this episode we discuss the following topics:   - The definition of meaning in life   - The measurement of meaning   - The dark triad and meaning   - “The Hitler Problem”   - Life satisfaction vs. meaning in life   - Different forms of pleasure   - The possibility for “meaning exhaustion”   - Meaningful work   - The difference between coherence, purpose, and significance   - Different meanings of purpose   - The strongest sources of meaning in life  

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