The Psychology of Mattering

  • ID: 4454936
  • Book
  • 350 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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The Psychology of Mattering: Understanding the Human Need to be Significant is the first comprehensive examination of mattering that is discussed in terms of associated motives, cognitions, emotions and behaviors. As mattering involves the self in relation to other people, the book tackles key relational themes of internal working models of attachment, transactional processes, and more. Extensive analysis from a conceptual perspective is balanced by a similar analysis of mattering from an applied perspective, specifically the relevance of mattering in clinical and counseling contexts, in assessment and treatment.

The book is supported by recent empirical advances making it an authoritative text on the psychology of mattering that will heighten awareness of mattering by informing academic scholars and the general public.

  • Defines mattering and its various facets
  • Explains the importance of mattering in predicting key life outcomes
  • Provides a narrative perspective on the importance of mattering in people's lives
  • Discusses mattering in terms of self-esteem, perfectionism, self-compassion, and vulnerabilities and resilience
  • Describes assessment scales for measuring mattering
  • Details links between mattering and anxiety, depression and suicide
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1. What is Mattering: Definition and Significance 2. Stories of Mattering and Anti-Mattering: A Narrative Perspective 3. Mattering as a Psychological Construct 4. The Assessment of Mattering 5. The Development of Mattering 6. Mattering from a Positive Psychology Perspective 7. Mattering in Mental Illness and Health Problems 8. The Clinical Relevance of Mattering and not Mattering in Clinical and Counseling Contexts 9. Mattering in Relationships 10. Mattering in Life Settings
Mattering @ School 11. Mattering in Life Settings
Mattering @ Work  12. Mattering in Life Settings: The Community 13. Promoting Mattering and Preventing Anti-Mattering 14. Summary: The Psychology of Mattering and Future Directions

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Flett, Gordon
Dr. Flett is most recognized for his seminal contributions to research and theory on the role of perfectionism in psychopathology. His collaborative work with Dr. Paul Hewitt of the University of British Columbia on perfectionism has received widespread national and international attention and has been the subject of numerous media stories, including coverage on CTV, CNN, and the BBC. This work has been supported by major research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Other current research interests include the study of personality predictors of postpartum depression in new mothers and new fathers. Also, in keeping with his interest in adjustment across the lifespan, Dr. Flett is conducting programatic research on the nature and correlates of suicidality in the elderly. Dr. Flett holds a Canada Research Chair in Personality & Health.
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