This article serves as a conceptual analysis to explore and interrogate the definition of meaning through the framework of collective trauma and uncertainty. The author uses the COVID19 pandemic as a reference point to illustrate models of behavior sustained by the onset of collective trauma. Unpredictability and adversity are amongst the factors identified as key underpinnings preluding the search for meaning, while the implication of resilience, identification of self, and group dynamics are examined. Previous research is integrated to understand the foundational constructs of meaning, while semantic interpretations challenge the objectivity of identified constructs. The relationship between self-satisfaction and meaning is explored, with gratitude being recognized as a mediator factor. Concluding remarks advocate for continued exploration to facilitate self-fulfillment and satisfaction while flexibility, patience, and the accommodation of protective factors are cited as adaptive resources to facilitate collective healing.



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