Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Kristina Gordon, Suzanne Kurth, Jacob Levy
Psychological literature has attempted to address existential questions pertaining to attaining meaningfulness in life, activating one's full potential, persistence in the face of adversity, subjective growth after trauma, and dealing with the inevitability of death. Extant literature holds that many of the constructs currently used to study these phenomena might have common theoretical underpinnings that, at least in part, reside in human personality. A novel personality construct, existential authenticity, is advanced for the consequent development of this thesis.
Carmody, Patrick Charles, "Understanding Meaning and Existence: Toward the Development of a Measure of Existential Authenticity. " PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2013.