The Psychology of Mattering - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128094150

The Psychology of Mattering

1st Edition

Understanding the Human Need to be Significant

Authors: Gordon Flett
Paperback ISBN: 9780128094150
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 375
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Description

The Psychology of Mattering is the first comprehensive examination of mattering, 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.

Supported by recent empirical advances, this authoritative text on the psychology of mattering will heighten awareness of mattering, informing both academic scholars and the general public.

Key Features

  • Defines mattering and its various facets
  • Explains the importance of mattering in predicting key life outcomes
  • Provides a narrative perspective of 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
  • Highlights mattering as a protective resourcs
  • Details links between mattering and anxiety, depression, and suicide

Readership

Students and researchers in psychology, sociology, and public health. Educated lay people interested in mattering, meaning in life, suicide, resilience

Table of Contents

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

Details

No. of pages:
375
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780128094150

About the Author

Gordon Flett

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada