Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

Logotherapy and existential analysis, conceived by the Viennese neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl (1905–1997), is an internationally acknowledged and empirically based, meaning-oriented school of therapy and counseling. Existential analysis is the philosophical and scientific underpinnings and assumptions of this particular treatment modality; logotherapy is its clinical application. So it is both an analysis (explicating existence as it unfolds) and a therapy (offering concrete tools and techniques to deal with various disorders and conditions). The central tenet of Franklian psychology and philosophy is that “one is in order when one’s life is oriented to meaning”; in contrast, disorder occurs when the disparate parts of the personality are out of harmony and out of sync with one another. If illnesses arise from nature, their cure comes from ...

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