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Dr. Vail Helps Establish New International Scientific Society

Congratulations to Dr. Kenneth Vail for helping to establish the International Society for the Science of Existential Psychology (ISSEP).

The ISSEP is officially incorporated and registered in the State of Ohio, and is also a federally approved as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit public charity. Dr. Vail is one of three founding members of this new scientific society. He established the ISSEP in collaboration with his research colleagues both in the US and around the world, and with assistance from Cleveland State University’s Law Clinic faculty and student associates.

The area of research on “existential psychology” has been growing for several decades, and examines critical issues of “being” and “becoming” in the study of human nature and social life. In recent decades, psychological science has shed new light on topics that were traditionally the preserve of philosophy, including freedom and authentic being, identity and the self, social connections and isolation, awareness of mortality, and the pursuit of meaning and purpose, among many others. Building on cross-disciplinary theoretical foundations and rigorous scientific methods and procedures, existential psychology research has productively enabled researchers to empirically test bold ideas about how and why people do what they do, think what they think, and feel what they feel.