The psychological study of purpose in life and meaning has its roots in the writings of Victor Frankl, in his book Man's Search for Meaning. Psychologists who's efforts define positive psychological functioning include, Maslow, Rogers, Jung, Allport, Erikson, Buhler, Neugarten, and Jahoda.
For more resources Ryff, 1989; Zika & Chamberlain, 1992, has reviews of the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of purpose in life.
From his experiences in a concentration camp during W.W. II, Frankl observed that life has meaning under all conditions, and that it is psychologically damaging when a person's search for meaning is blocked (Frankl, 1959, 1967; in Zika & Chamberlain, 1992).
“Suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning.” ― Viktor E.
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