Applying Existential Social Psychology to Mental Health
Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology
Human existence is characterized by some rather unique psychological challenges. Because people can reflect on their lives and place in the world, they are regularly confronted with a variety of existential concerns: death and mortality; the burdens of freedom; uncertainty regarding one's identity; isolation from others; and indeterminate meaning in life. Existential social psychology (Greenberg, Koole, & Pyszczynski, 2004; Vail & Routledge, 2020) investigates whether and how such existential concerns shape everyday life and, as highlighted in the present special issue, how such processes impact mental health and social functioning.
Vail, Kenneth E.; Sullivan, Daniel; Landau, Mark J.; and Greenberg, Jeff, "Applying Existential Social Psychology to Mental Health" (2020). Psychology Faculty Publications. 50.