The Pursuit Of Meaning Viktor Frankl Logotherapy And Life

The Pursuit Of Meaning Viktor Frankl Logotherapy And Life

The Pursuit Of Meaning Viktor Frankl Logotherapy And Life

Fabry wrote in the introduction: Many older therapies place the responsibility for our difficulties in our early education. Within the borders, we have a say in who we are and who we want to become. We never have to turn ourselves into helpless victims. Consequently, unlike therapies that seek to balance society by adapting patients to logotherapy, logotherapy does not see a stress-free life as a therapeutic goal. Stress is part of life as a human being in a human society. In order to stay healthy, the unhealthy tensions of body and psyche should be avoided. But the healthy tension of the mind strengthens our mental muscles.

The most healthy tension is between what we are and what we are growing up with, or, to use Frankl’s favorite phrase, “the tension between being and meaning” (Psychotherapy and Existentialism, p. 10). The fight for meaning is easy. Life owes us no pleasure; it makes sense to us. Mental health does not come to those who wish happiness, but to those who find meaning; For them, luck comes as a byproduct. “It has to follow,” said Frankl. “It cannot be persecuted” (Unconscious God, p. 85). Logotherapy maintains and restores mental health by providing a solid view of the human and the world as we know it.

It draws on the vast pool of health stored in our specific human dimension – our creativity, our ability to love, our relationship with others, our desire to be useful, our ability to focus on goals, and our Will to sense. Logo philosophy emphasizes what is right with us, what we appreciate about ourselves, our achievements and our summit experiences. It also takes into account the qualities we do not like, so that we can change them, our mistakes so that we can learn from them, our abysses, so that we can rise, knowing that peaks exist and can be achieved.

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