The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality

The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality

by Robert A. Emmons

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The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572309357
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Robert A. Emmons, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis

Table of Contents


I. Personal Goals: An Approach to Personality and Subjective Well-Being
1. Introduction: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality
2. Personal Goals as Units of Analysis
3. Personal Goals and Subjective Well-Being
4. Goal Conflict and Personality Fragmentation
II. Spirituality, Goals, and Intelligence
5. Spiritual Strivings as Ultimate Concerns
6. From Goal to Whole: Spiritual Strivings and Personality Integration
7. Personal Goals and Life Meaning
8. Spiritual Intelligence: Toward a Theory of Personality and Spirituality
*Appendix A: Personal Striving Assessment Packet
*Appendix B: Personal Striving Coding Manual

What People are Saying About This

Michael E. McCullough

Emmons provides the sound, humane, and empirically grounded framework for integrating the spirituality with the psychology of motivation, well-being, and health. The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns is beautifully written.... I will be recommending this one to colleagues in Social, Personality, Clinical, and Health Psychology for years to come.
— Michael E. McCullough Ph.D., Director of Research, National Institute for Health Care Research

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