- Social science measures are unlike chemistry, which is an exact science.
- Assessments are not intended to clinically diagnose, sort, or treat people, nor replace a necessary human expert as arbiter of accuracy, need, and treatment, if warranted.
- Reliability and validity are imperfect, and get better with more data, yet will always represent some error with given individuals.
- There is tons of information on ameaningoflife.org, and it is not guaranteed to be perfect/up to date.
- Things change, and so too will the assessments and information on the site.
- You’re using the site as it is now, at your own risk. Again, ameaningoflife.org isn’t to replace trained professionals.
- Your information is never shared for monetary gain or marketing purposes. Your information is not sold. It IS used for academic research, and in that case, your information will be made confidential (coded so name, email, address, and related, specific identifying information isn’t shared/available).
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1. What information do we collect?
ameaningoflife.org, inc. is an interactive on-line service operated by ameaningoflife.org, inc. consisting of information services and content provided by ameaningoflife.org, inc. “User” means each person who accesses ameaningoflife.org for access to and use of assessments and related information/practices/resources.
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(C) ameaningoflife.org cannot and does not provide any warranties related to the information contained in or resulting services from any of the mental health care providers (clinicians, therapists, counselors, psychologists, social-workers, marriage and family therapists, and other health providers). Information accessed through the ameaningoflife.org is provided “AS IS” and without any warranty.
(D) ameaningoflife.org shall have the right at any time to change or discontinue any aspect or feature of ameaningoflife.org and/or the assessment center, including, but not limited to, content, hours of availability, and equipment needed for access or use.
(E) You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. No one under 18 may utilize ameaningoflife.org without explicit, monitored permission from a legal guardian of the minor.(F) Original intellectual property of ameaningoflife.org is protected by copyright and is the exclusive property of ameaningoflife.org. No content may be reproduced or copied without the explicit, written consent of ameaningoflife.org. No content or arrangement of content from ameaningoflife.org or accompanying web applications, email newsletters, or subdomains may be used for the development of any software program, including, but not limited to, training a machine learning or artificial intelligence (AI) system.
3. Changed Terms.
ameaningoflife.org shall have the right at any time to change or modify the terms and conditions applicable to use of ameaningoflife.org, or any part thereof, or to impose new conditions, including, but not limited to, adding or increasing fees and charges for use. Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately upon notice, which may be given by any means including, but not limited to, posting on ameaningoflife.org, or by electronic or conventional mail, or by any other means by which User obtains notice thereof. Any use of ameaningoflife.org by User after such notice shall be deemed to constitute acceptance by User of such changes, modifications or additions. User agrees to whitelist ameaningoflife.org so that any communication isn’t delivered/mistaken as spam.
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(D) In no event will ameaningoflife.org, or any person or entity involved in creating, producing or distributing ameaningoflife.org materials/information, be liable for any damages, including, without limitation, direct, indirect, incidental, special, and consequential or punitive damages arising out of the use of or inability to use ameaningoflife.org. Client hereby acknowledges that the provisions of this section shall apply to all content on ameaningoflife.org.
(E) in addition to the foregoing, neither ameaningoflife.org, nor its affiliates, information providers or content partners shall be liable for any errors, inaccuracies, omissions, or other defects in, or untimeliness or unauthenticity of, the information contained within ameaningoflife.org, or for any delay or interruption in the transmission thereof to the user, or for any claims or losses arising therefrom or occasioned thereby.
User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless ameaningoflife.org, its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of the use of ameaningoflife.org by User.
6. Third Party Content.
In some cases, ameaningoflife.org is a distributor (and not a publisher) of content supplied by third parties. Accordingly, there are some cases in which ameaningoflife.org has no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, or any other user of ameaningoflife.org, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of ameaningoflife.org.
Under no circumstances will ameaningoflife.org be liable for any loss or damage caused by a User’s reliance on information obtained through ameaningoflife.org. It is the responsibility of User to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, opinion, advice or other content available through ameaningoflife.org. Please seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the evaluation of any specific information, opinion, advice or other content.
7. Children’s Privacy.
ameaningoflife.org is not intended or designed to attract persons under the age of 18. We do not collect information from any person we actually know is under the age of 18, unless it is explicitly permitted by a legal parent/guardian.
Some parts of ameaningoflife.org are billed on a subscription basis, which is billed in advance and on a recurring basis (monthly) until cancelled by the user. Subscriptions are automatically renewed unless cancelled by the user through the interface. Email or other cancellation requests will not be honored (too time intensive). Valid payment information is required, including related information needed by our 3rd party billing service (for example, Stripe). If billing fails, your subscription will be terminated. Fee changes may occur at any time, and when they happen, you will be notified through the contact information you provided. Whitelist ameaningoflife.org so you don’t miss communications from us. You will always be able to cancel your membership. There are no refunds for unused portions of the service.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password, including but not limited to the restriction of access to your computer and/or account. You agree to accept responsibility for any and all activities or actions that occur under your account and/or password, whether your password is with our service or a third-party service.
You agree to not share your login with others; your subscription is intended for you and you alone. If it becomes evident that a user/account has been shared, ameaningoflife.org reserves the right to cancel the account without refund and ban the user.
Information is collected that you, the user, provide. Everything you enter/select is (or may be) recorded. If you don’t want to offer particular information, don’t enter it. If that information is necessary for the use of the site (like payment information), then don’t use the site if you’re unwilling to enter that information. Although subject to change, Stripe and Amazon Web Services are examples of services utilized to manage data. They each have their own terms of service and privacy policies. User agrees to keep abreast of their terms and policies as desired by the user.
Information is automatically collected on accessing the site for the purposes of understanding how people engage with the site, and what they use to do so, as well as information such as how long on a given page, path through the site, etc. That information is not associated with a specific user account.
We don’t sell or offer your data unless legally required to do so.
We keep your data as long as you’re a subscriber. If you cancel your subscription, we reserve the right to delete/remove your data. We may also keep your data for academic research purposes (see below).
This Agreement, our Website, and our Service are governed be the laws of the State of California, without regard to its conflict of law principles. The City of Nevada City, CA (USA) in which ameaningoflife.org is located, shall be the forum for any action relating to our Website, Content, or Service. I agree that any dispute concerning, relating, arising out of or referring to the subject matter of this contract shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in Nevada County, California, according to the then existing commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association and the substantive laws of that state unless ameaningoflife.org, inc., in its sole discretion, selects a different forum. Any dispute submitted to arbitration under this clause must be heard by the arbitrator(s) in its entirety within one year of submission, who must render his/her decision within thirty days of the close of the evidence. The arbitrator and not any federal, state or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or violable
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We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these terms at any time. If a revision is material we will provide at least 30 days’ notice prior to any new terms taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at our sole discretion. By continuing to access or use ameaningoflife.org after any revisions become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised terms. If you do not agree to the new terms, you are no longer authorized to use the service.
10. Academic research.
By agreeing to utilize ameaningoflife.org, including the assessment center, you are also agreeing to participate in academic research. If you do not wish to do so, then do not use the assessment center or become a member of ameaningoflife.org. Your information will be made confidential (coded so name, email, address, and related, specific identifying information isn’t shared/available) when it is utilized for academic research.
You must be at least 18 years of age to participate. No one under 18 may utilize ameaningoflife.org without explicit, monitored permission from a legal guardian of the minor.
Your input about yourself and your experiences will contribute importantly to knowledge about well-being, flourishing, happiness, joy, purpose, meaning, the psychological self, and other topics covered on ameaningoflife.org. Your input will also help guide ongoing revisions to this website/assessment center and strategic development of future programs.
The purpose of this research is to improve the assessment and education of human potential, flourishing, well-being, happiness, joy, purpose, meaning, the psychological self, and other topics covered on ameaningoflife.org.
Each assessment has a rough guide as to how long it takes to complete each factor or subfactor – figured at roughly 5 questions per 1 minute. Time will vary based on individual capacity.
All assessments take place online.
There are no direct benefits from participating in this research. We hope that the information gained from the study will help the scientific and online learning communities better understand the concepts and practice of well-being, flourishing, happiness, joy, purpose, meaning, the psychological self, and other topics covered on ameaningoflife.org. Further, we aim to use insights from this study to shape, inform, and optimize future iterations of the ameaningoflife.org website, practices, and programs.
Breach of confidentiality: As with all research, there is a chance that confidentiality could be compromised; however, we are taking precautions to minimize this risk. Your study data will be handled confidentially. If the results of this study are published or presented, individual names and other personally identifiable information will not be used. The information could be used for future research studies or distributed to other investigators for future research studies without additional informed consent from the subject or the legally authorized representative.
We will keep your study data as confidential as possible unless it is information that we must report for legal or ethical reasons, such as child abuse, elder abuse, or intent to hurt yourself or others. Note, individual responses are not monitored by a human or artificial intelligence means.
Confidential research data may be provided to other organizations for the purpose of scientific research. While customary data handling fees may be charged, no profit shall be received by ameaningoflife.org for its services to other organizations. Your information is not sold for profit.
When an individual is no longer a member, their information will continue to be used for the purposes noted above.
Users are not compensated for the use of their data, or their time.
The data is collected by an organization situated in the United States of America and governed by the laws of that Country.
By retaking a given assessment, you effectively update your responses and make any corrections to your data/current state.