Meaning, Purpose, and Significance with Michael Steger

Today we have Michael Steger on the podcast. Dr. Steger is a Professor of Psychology, and the Founding Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University. He studies the link between meaning in life and well-being, as well as the psychological predictors of physical health and health-risk behaviors, and the facilitators and benefits of engaging in meaningful work.

In this episode we discuss the following topics:

  • The definition of meaning in life
  • The measurement of meaning
  • The dark triad and meaning
  • “The Hitler Problem”
  • Life satisfaction vs. meaning in life
  • Different forms of pleasure
  • The possibility for “meaning exhaustion”
  • Meaningful work
  • The difference between coherence, purpose, and significance
  • Different meanings of purpose
  • The strongest sources of meaning in life


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