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Meaning Through Being: Reclaiming the Wholeness of Personal Meaning


concerning this article should be addressed to Zvi Bellin, School of Education, St. Mary's College of California, 2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94703 (e-mail:


This qualitative study explores personal meaning through the narratives of 12 participants. One foundational theme, meaning experienced through accomplishments versus meaning experienced through existence (meaning through being), is discussed. Results suggest that a counselor can help a client develop a more integrated sense of meaning by paying attention to both types of meaning.