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  • We all possess an orienting system (referred to as “global meaning”) that provide us with the cognitive framework to interpret our experiences.
  • When encountering situations that have the potential to stress or challenge the global meaning, we appraise situations and assign meaning to them.
  • The extent to which the appraised meaning is discrepant from the global meaning, determines the extent to which we experience distress.
  • The distress caused by the discrepancy initiates a meaning-making process.
  • Through meaning-making efforts, we attempt to reduce the discrepancy between appraised and global meaning to restore a sense of the world as meaningful and of their lives as worthwhile.


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