Title of Abstract

Meaning Generated as a Result of Suffering

Poster Number

10

Submitting Student(s)

Jared Nodine

Session Title

Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Darren Ritzer, Ph.D.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Our goal was to examine the argument that suffering has the potential to give rise to life meaning, a concept popularized by Viktor Frankl and is practiced through Logotherapy. We used archival data to collect societal and historical information about periods of suffering (e.g., war, social unrest) and simultaneous creative output (e.g., art movements, social progress, notable artwork). Such links at a broader level are likely to mirror similar links at a more individualized level, an idea that helps people who are suffering find paths to meaning and growth. These ideas were explored empirically and theoretically.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Meaning Generated as a Result of Suffering

Our goal was to examine the argument that suffering has the potential to give rise to life meaning, a concept popularized by Viktor Frankl and is practiced through Logotherapy. We used archival data to collect societal and historical information about periods of suffering (e.g., war, social unrest) and simultaneous creative output (e.g., art movements, social progress, notable artwork). Such links at a broader level are likely to mirror similar links at a more individualized level, an idea that helps people who are suffering find paths to meaning and growth. These ideas were explored empirically and theoretically.