Searching for Meaning
Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope
James T. Webb, Ph.D., ABPP-Cl
Many bright idealists find themselves disillusioned in today’s world, and they may experience existential depression as they examine their lives and search for meaningfulness. This book will help such individuals to understand themselves and their struggles. It also includes helpful information and suggestions for actions that disillusioned idealists can use to better manage their feelings and thoughts in ways that will nurture their idealism and provide a sense of satisfaction and contentment.
People with existential depression need more than medications. It is fundamentally more important for those with existential depression to become aware that others have had similar experiences and to realize that someone truly understands their idealism, disillusionment, and anger that things are not as they “should be.” Searching for Meaning bridges this gap and provides a safety net of sorts for those floating in the abyss of concentrated disillusionment. This book offers guidance and support in taking the first steps toward renewed perspective and helps to promote a solid foundation to prevent future relapses.
ISBN 13 digit: 978-1-935067-22-1
$24.95 / Paperback
Reviews and Mentions:
“Another in a long line of not only informative but life-changing contributions by this author to the psychology of what it means, how it feels, and how often it actually hurts, to be gifted. And how to cope with it.”
- William H. Smith, Ph.D., ABPP (Former Dean, Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences)
An in-depth and sensitive treatment of this very important topic. Searching for Meaning will be an excellent resource for all gifted individuals and the clinicians who work with them.”
- Jerald Grobman, M.D., Psychiatrist and Senior Supervisor of Psychology Interns at Lenox Hill Hospital
…by laying the foundation of why so many bright minds find themselves confronting disillusionment and depression, [Dr. Webb] is then able to build on this understanding to help us climb back into the light.”
- Suki Wessling of Avant Parenting
Dr. Webb describes issues and feelings that many of us experience, and he provides a way to cope with and accept them… A soothing balm to the whirlwind of emotions experienced by disillusioned bright idealists.”
- Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN, Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Co-Author of Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults
Searching for Meaning… gave me an immediate connection to my daughter’s struggles with plenty of insight and tools for anyone to make positive life changes… Webb understands his subject deeply and knows how to give valuable advice… I’m recommending Searching for Meaning to [my daughter]—and to you.
- review from Wendy Skinner, teacher and author of the book Life with Gifted Children, on her blog
- A PsychologyToday “Essential Reads” article: “When Life Poses Big Questions“
- 5 Star rating on Examiner.com by Gifted Education Specialist, Dick Kantenberger
- Featured book in the Education News article “An Interview with James T. Webb”
- Gifted Resources on Educators for the Gifted Organization (EdGO)