Psychotherapy and existentialism: selected papers on logotherapy

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Washington Square Press, 1967 - Medical - 242 pages

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Without a doubt, Chs. 7 and 8 are among my favorite readings ever. While certainly in a summary format, the essence of the thought processes is clear. Having come from a difficult background myself, I find his work to be particularly instructive as to the dynamics of suffering and the joyful acceptance of the things we cannot change.
Moving from the notion of acceptance of our human condition, Frankl lays out the philosophical groundwork for the possibility of a freedom of the human will.
After having thought vigorously about the issue of determinism over the last 25 years or so, Frankl is the only one who has assisted me in thinking that there could be some limited form of human freedom. From that kernel of a thought, the human foundations for of religion, faith, and general spirituality make a lot more sense.


The Philosophical Foundations of Logotherapy
Existential Dynamics and Neurotic Escapism
Beyond SelfActualization and SelfExpression

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About the author (1967)

Viktor E. Frankl was a man who persevered in living, writing, and helping people, despite suffering for years at the hands of the Nazis. He was born in Vienna on March 26, 1905, and received his doctorate of medicine in 1930. As a psychiatrist, he supervised a ward of suicidal female patients, and later became chief of the neurological department at Rothschild Hospital in Vienna. Frankl's successful career was halted temporarily in 1942 when he was deported to a Nazi concentration camp. In Auschwitz and other camps, he witnessed and experienced daily horrors until 1945. Although he survived, his parents and many other family members did not. Returning to Vienna in 1945, he resumed his work, becoming head physician of the neurological department at the Vienna Polyclinic Hospital. Frankl wrote more than 30 books, the most famous being Man's Search For Meaning. As a professor, he taught at many American universities, including Harvard and Stanford. He is credited with the development of logotherapy, a new style of psychotherapy. He died in Vienna in 1997.

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