Idealism, bright minds, disillusionment, and hope

Idealism, bright minds, disillusionment, and hope

Idealism, bright minds, disillusionment, and hope

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 managetheir 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.


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, Private Practice, New York City

Another in a long time of informative and 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-CI

Former Dean, Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences

This book is not an “easy” book because it will pull and prod the thinking of bright minds in many varied ways. The next traverses depression and happiness, purpose and plight, and so very much more. Quite simply, and at the same time in a complex faxhion, this book compels gifted minds to search for meaning. If you are bright 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 Associate Professor, California State University, San Bernardino

Dr. Webb describes issues and feelings that many of us experience, and he provides a way to cope with and accept them. He gently explains complex concepts in a format that immediately seems familiar, and he teaches awareness and insight that make sense. 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 Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults

Searching for meaning
Idealism, bright minds, disillusionment and hope

James T. Webb, Ph.D.

Great Potential Press | ©2013



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