The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns: Motivation and Spirituality in Personalityby Robert A. Emmons
Proposing that personal goals are what give meaning to life, this volume explores the role played by spirituality and religion in investing goals with significance. The concept of ultimate concerns is developed as a scientific construct and an innovative framework is presented for their assessment and measurement. Marshaling important findings from his own and others' research, Robert A. Emmons provides compelling insights into the links between spirituality, subjective well-being, and personality integration. He demonstrates how locating religion and spirituality within accepted scientific parameters can deepen our understanding of these pervasive dimensions of human experience. Further, the book makes a powerful case for the inclusion of ultimate concerns in any attempt to build a motivational theory of personality.
"This is one of the finest examples of integrative scholarship that I have seen. Emmons, among the world's most distinguished personality researchers, has produced a masterful blend of the best research on personal goals and current concerns, life meaning, subjective well-being, and personality fragmentation and integration. Showing how motivation and spirituality come together in the person, the book presents a compelling argument for the concept of spiritual intelligence as a basic psychological function. Emmons clearly loves his material. Written with a high level of sophistication, the book is nonetheless extremely accessible. It is essential reading for serious scholars in the fields of personality research, intelligence, and the psychology of religion. In addition, I recommend it as a text for personality and psychology of religion courses, and any other in which an integrated look at the whole person is taken seriously." Raymond F. Paloutzian, PhD, Department of Psychology, Westmont College
"In this book, Robert Emmons provides a sound, humane, and empirically grounded framework for integrating spirituality with the psychology of motivation, well-being, and health. The Psychology of Ultimate Concern is beautifully written, packed with research (much of which comes from Emmons' own laboratory), and replete with helpful case material. This book should be read by all psychologists with a scientific interest in the spiritual side of human functioning. I will be recommending this one to colleagues in social, personality, clinical, and health psychology for years to come." Michael E. McCullough, PhD, Director of Research, National Institute for Healthcare Research
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Robert A. Emmons, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis
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