3 Ways to Increase Meaning in Life by Building Coherence

The antidote to chaos, uncertainty and confusion

Jonas Ressem
Insight

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In a psychological experiment, participants were introduced to some pictures of trees, four for each of the seasons. While the participants thought their job was to evaluate the contrast of the pictures, the real experiment was to see how the order of the pictures affected them.

For half of the participants, they were arranged in a random order. For the other half, they were arranged so that they followed cycles of seasonal change. After the task, everyone rated their meaning in life, and it turned out to be significantly higher in the seasonal arrangement group than in the random one.

Your Mind Is a Conductor

The factor at play here is coherence. As it applies to the human mind, it’s about making sense of things; fitting different parts into a unified whole. And the way you build it, essentially, is by increasing your understanding of the world.

While greater coherence affords a life of meaning through order, clarity and comprehension, less coherence translates to a life of meaninglessness through chaos, uncertainty and confusion. It’s like an orchestra. When the instruments are in harmony, the resulting music is beautiful. But if some of the…

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Jonas Ressem
Insight

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