The Significance of Hope
Mentor:Virgil Adams III, Ph. D., Program Chair & Professor of Psychology , California State University Channel Islands
The Significance of Hope Cecily Colgate, California State University Channel Islands Mentor: Virgil H. Adams III, Ph.D. Psychology Program, California State University Channel Islands Hope has been defined as the positive motivational state of a person and the incentive to meet certain goals (Snyder, 2002). Some have assumed that human actions are goal oriented and these goals are what keep us stimulated (Cheavens, & Sympson, 1997). The present study expands on this research by examining the role of having a confidant in ones’ life and if honesty plays a role in the view of hopefulness. Utilizing a sample of adults from Southern California, the analyses were based on a sub-sample of a larger survey (n=1,814). Results showed that respondents were more hopeful if they had someone to confide in and viewed honesty as an important contributing factor in their life. These results remained true even after controlling for the individuals’ income, age, gender, and education. The argument focuses on people’s overall happiness in life in correspondence to what they believe is meaningful.