136: Meaning, Purpose, and Significance
Published August 2, 2018
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    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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