Theory of Meaning Essay examples

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Theory of Meaning by Patricia Starck

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Nursing is a profession that is ever-evolving due to many factors such as changes in societal patterns, new research and discoveries, new emerging technologies, new diseases and treatments, etc. For this very reason, some nurses have taken the time to take a step back to look at nursing as a profession and the populations we serve. They have done research, and based on

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observations of current practice, they have written theories so our patients and communities can benefit from competent and reliable nursing care. This is precisely what Patricia Lee
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In addition to this, Frankl believed that meaning is something to be found rather than to be given, discovered rather than invented (Frankl, 1984). He believes that the search for one’s life meaning arises, not from mental health and equilibrium, but from a person’s inner tension, that is, life dissatisfaction, that arises from what one has already achieved and what one has still to achieve and become.

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The question then is, how to find meaning in life? Frankl believed that there are three ways of doing so. One of the ways is through self-transcendence, that is, getting outside the self or rising above the self. This is done when a person distances themselves from their situation, looks outwards towards the world and view their situation from a different perspective, not thinking primarily about himself/herself. In the process of self-transcendence, the person creates a work or does a deed that reaches beyond themselves mainly for the benefit of others, even when it may be difficult to do when life has been difficult. The second way to find meaning of life is through experiences such as love, goodness, truth, beauty, etc. These can be found in nature or by encountering another human being and loving that human being for their uniqueness. Frankl believed that love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality, that is, seeing

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