Mattering

April 29, 2019

Pathologies of Mattering

Mattering can be overdone. We can obsess about our own importance and need to feel valued. So much so that some people behave pathologically. By pathological […]
April 22, 2019

Regaining Dignity

Experimental and field evidence shows that efforts to regain dignity come in two flavors: healthy and unhealthy. Some individuals build on personal assets and social resources […]
April 12, 2019

Dignity is the Backbone of Mattering

When Oprah received in 2003 the first Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the Emmys, she told the following story about her father: “I grew up in […]
April 1, 2019

How Families Matter to Youth

It is not surprising that mattering to one’s family would protect us from risks and threats. In one of the most comprehensive studies on mattering, a […]
January 21, 2019

Opposite Behaviors Have Common Mattering Roots

When mattering works well, people experience autonomy, growth, physical and emotional well-being. Moreover, communities thrive through cooperation. But when mattering is blocked, we end up with […]