Optentia workshop on Building Meaning in Life great success

Anjonet Jordaan -- Tue, 09/29/2015 - 15:18

Optentia workshop on Building Meaning in Life great success

A renowned researcher and extraordinary professor at the Optentia Research Focus Area on Tuesday presented a workshop on a topic most of us struggle with at some point: finding meaning in life.

Prof Michael Steger from Colorado State University in the USA is a professor in counselling psychology and applied social psychology whose graduate work on the development of a measure for meaning in life, earned him the Best Dissertation Award from the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies

His workshop this week on the Vaal Triangle Campus saw people from diverse backgrounds such as law, economics and industrial psychology take part in discussions that explored what meaning is and what gives meaning to life.

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Prof Michael Steger, Extraordinary Professor with Optentia Research Focus Area on North-West University's Vaal Triangle Campus located in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.

Prof Steger explains that meaning-making is a process that occurs continually throughout our lives, hence the workshop name: Building Meaning in Life. By exploring what inspires you in life; understanding what your strengths are and how this meets up with what you value in life, Prof Steger guided attendees to finally craft a personal mission statement depicting their own personal mission in life.

Attendees took part in active group discussions exploring what inspires them and what they value.
Attendees took part in active group discussions exploring what inspires them and what they value.

Prof Steger contributes to the research focus of Optentia’s Pathways to Resilience and Post-traumatic Growth sub-programme under the leadership of resilience researcher Prof Linda Theron. The mission of the Optentia Research Focus Area is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with specific interest in the African context. The research programme utilises the inputs from various disciplines in the social sciences, including Psychology, Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, and Social Work. Learn more about Optentia on their website and Facebook page.