1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Human Significance and Mattering

    382 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This innovative book addresses the need for significance and mattering as a universal human motivation. It examines the impact of significance and mattering, considering how they manifest across our lifespan and in different parts of our lives.

    Written by a team of eminent authors with expertise in diverse psychological fields, the book explores how significance and mattering extends to almost all social domains, including families, schools, colleges, groups, workplaces, communities, and nations. The book is divided into four main sections which consider the impact of significance and mattering across the life span, across life domains, across societies and cultures, and in mental health. Chapters outline how significance and mattering power race and gender politics, shape attitudes toward immigration, drive violent extremism, and underlie mental health issues such as loneliness, and narcissism. The book considers the quest for significance as a fundamental motive in our personal interactions and in how society operates as a whole. 

    Providing a truly comprehensive coverage of a ubiquitous psychological dynamic that affects all aspects of our lives, this book will be highly relevant for researchers, academics, practitioners and students in psychology, social sciences, education, social work and therapeutic professions. In addition, the book should appeal to organizational, political, and community leaders and the general public interested in human behavior and social problems.


     Table of Contents


    List of Contributors

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    Part 1: Introduction

    1          The Supreme Quest- Arie Kruglanski, Isaac Prilleltensky, Amiram Raviv

    Part 2: Significance and Mattering Across the Lifespan 

    2          Mattering In Childhood: A Developmental Attachment Perspective- Jessica Stern, Jude Cassidy

    3          Mattering, Self-Esteem, and First-Generation College Students- Gregory C. Elliott, Emily Siff, Jardelle Johnson

    4          An Attachment Perspective On The Quest For Significance And Mattering- Mario Mikulincer, Phillip R. Shaver

    5          Significance And Mattering In Late Adulthood- Jessie Dezutter, Laura Dewitte

    6          A Terror Management Theory Perspective On The Human Needs For Self-Esteem, Meaning, Close Relationships And Significance- Tom Pyszcynski, Jonathan Morgan

    Part 3: Significance And Mattering Across Life Domains           

    7          The Quest For Significance And Mattering In Education- Maurice J. Elias, Danielle R. Hatchimonji, Samuel J. Nayman, Arielle C.V. Linsky

    8          Mattering and Work- David Blustein, Camille M. Smith, Karley Guterres, Brenda Tsai

    9          Communities: Sites, Sources, and Subjects of Significance- Michael P. Scarpa

    Part 4: Significance And Mattering Across Societies And Cultures           

    10        Making “Us” Matter: Social Identity, Leadership And Collective Agency- Kate Reynolds, Emina Subasic, Benjamin Jones, Haochen Zhou

    11        Gender, Significance, And Mattering- Amanda Diekman, Andrew D. White, Samantha L. Heiman

    12        “Good Trouble”: Nonviolent Activism And The Quest For Psychological Significance In A Racialized Society- Angela Cole-Dixon, Cynthia E. Winston-Proctor

    13        Significance Quest and International Relations: On the Psychology of Foreign Affairs- Markéta Kocmanová, Karl Kaltenthaler, Arie W. Kruglanski

    14        Love, Motivated: Partner Merit And Appreciation As Sources Of Significance- Molly Ellenberg, Arie Kruglanski, Ewa Szumowska, Huixian Yu-UMD

    15        Significance: The Missing Link Between Frustration And Aggression- Molly Ellenberg, Arie Kruglanski, Brad Bushman

    16        Mattering as citizens: Conditions- Isaac Prilleltensky, Michael P. Scarpa, Salvatore Di Martino, Dina von Heimburg, Ottar Ness

    17        Mattering as Citizens: Correlates and Consequences- Michael P. Scarpa, Salvatore Di Martino, Dina von Heimburg, Ottar Ness, Isaac Prilleltensky

    18        Gaining And Maintaining Significance: The Role Of Group Membership- John Levine, Dominic Abrams

    19        Significance And Mattering In Migration- David Webber, Erica Molinario, Katarzyna Jasko, Arie Kruglanski

    20        Down The Yellow Brick Road: How Socialization Through Early Narratives Shapes The Quest For Significance- Sophia Moscalenko

    Part 5: Significance And Mattering In Mental Health    

    21        Self-Worth In Mental Health: At The Intersection Of Mattering And Significance- Melissa Hagan, Brianna Hernandez, Abigail Batchelder 

    22        Conservation of Resources Theory and Traumatic Stress Placed in the Context of Meaning Making: An Evolutionary Ecological Perspective- Steve Hobfoll, Wai Kai Hou

    23        The Narcissism Spectrum Through the Prism of Significance-Quest Theory- Amiram Raviv, Ami Sha'ked, Darya Maoz

    24        Feelings of Not Mattering Among Lonely People: Is the Loneliness Epidemic Due To An Epidemic of Feeling Insignificant? - Gordon L. Flett, Alison L. Rose, Joel O. Goldberg

    25        Conclusion: Lessons Learned and Practical Applications- Isaac Prilleltensky, Amiram Raviv, Arie Kruglanski


    Arie W. Kruglanski is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, USA.

    Isaac Prilleltensky is the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami, USA.

    Amiram Raviv is a school and clinical psychologist. He is Professor Emeritus at the School of Psychological Sciences at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

    The universal human quest for significance and mattering is insightfully explored in this rich, expansive, and very well-crafted collection; I highly recommend it to psychology students, researchers, teachers, and practitioners.

    Fathali M. Moghaddam, author of The Psychology of Multiculturalism, Assimilation, and Omniculturalism