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Logotherapy: Viktor Frankl's Theory of Meaning

Logotherapy: Viktor Frankl's Theory of Meaning

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Viktor Frankl

"It doesn’t really matter what we expected from life, but what life expected from us."

Logotherapy originated in the 1930s as a counter-response to the prevalent theories of the time, and examines the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of individuals. .

Its premise is that the strongest motivational force of an individual is to fi...

Humans normally function on primal reactions like negative self-talk, emotional outbursts and irrational actions based on outside events and circumstances. The lost ‘spiritual’ dimension of meaning is brought forward by Logotherapy.

The Basic Tenets Of Logotherapy

  • Freedom Of Will: Human beings can freely choose their response to the outward circumstance.
  • Will To Meaning: Human beings are completely free to achieve their goals and purposes in life, with the search for meaning being the primary motive, even fo...

Logotherapy looks at all the three dimensions of an individual:

  • Psychological: Using paradoxical intention and de-reflection techniques to handle phobias, anxiety and compulsive disorders
  • Physiological: Coping with suffering and physical pai...

  • De-reflection: Individuals distance themselves from the negative aspects, obstacles and problems, and shift their focus onto something positive.
  • Paradoxical Intention: Eradication or reduction in fear using humor, ridicule, and imagination.

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