Searching for Meaning

Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope book

Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope


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Author: 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

224 Pages


Price: $26.95


“It is the best book on gifted children and adults that has been written in the last ten years. This book should be studied. It should be studied for the wisdom in it and it should also be studied for the beauty of language that is utilized.” – Michael F. Shaughnessy, Ph.D., Special Education Professor at Eastern New Mexico University and Consulting Editor for Gifted Education International and Educational Psychology Review (Visit Education News for the full review)

“Dr. Webb addresses the subjects with a style that is at once both welcoming and reassuring while at the same time being thought-provoking and inspirational.” – Stephanie K. Ferguson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Early College and Director, Program for the Exceptionally Gifted Mary Baldwin College (Visit Square Pegs Round Hole for the full review)

“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

If you are gifted and are constantly searching for meaning, there is no doubt that this is a book for you.” – Susan Daniels, Ph.D., Co-Author of Living with Intensity and Professor of Educational Psychology, CSUSB

…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


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