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	Existential Psychology
Location: Room TBD  |  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Existential psychology (XP) is a growing research area that examines critical issues of “being” and “becoming” in the study of human nature and social life. Building on various cross-disciplinary theoretical foundations, XP has enabled researchers to empirically test bold ideas about how and why people do what they do. In this way, it has deepened our understanding of a wide range of social phenomena, from prejudice and aggression to self-determination and creativity. XP investigates such core psychological dynamics as freedom and control; social connection and isolation; death awareness; the quest for meaning and purpose in life; the pursuit of identity; and the struggle for authenticity. XP has also been a major driver of methodological innovation, leading to the development of powerful tools for examining compensatory reactions to threats. To synthesize and further stimulate these developments, this preconference will cover XP’s core themes and questions, present highlights from influential research programs, and sketch a bold vision for theoretical and empirical advances. Topics will be diverse, with special attention to politics, religion, and physical/mental health. In a welcoming and inclusive environment, eminent and rising scholars will present their work in a stimulating variety of formats, including a keynote presentation, invited research talks, a data blitz, and high quality research posters. There will be abundant opportunities for informal discussion, mentoring, and continued development of the field. This preconference has become a premier venue for research utilizing the scientific approach to explore the rich interconnections between existential themes and diverse social and personality phenomena.


Kenneth Vail
Cleveland State University

Mark Landau
University of Kansas


2020 Annual Convention
February 27-29, 2020
New Orleans, LA USA