Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

August 2007


This paper explores the origins of a subjective sense of meaning in life from the perspective of cultural group selection within evolutionary theory. Philosophical underpinnings are discussed, as are the origins or morality and social groups. It is argued that a subjective meaning acts as a motivator of cultural transactions which allowed pre-human groups possessing meaning to survive over groups of individuals lacking meaning.


Positive Psychology, Meaning, Evolution, Group Selection, Morality, Social Groups, Altruism, Hive Emotion, Culture



Date Posted: 04 September 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.