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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."

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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  • 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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