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Logotherapy In Therapeutic Communities?

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (1149)

I was recently watching a short documentary on the artist and writer, Mary Barnes.  The firm focussed on her time at Kinglsley Hall, a therapeutic community set up by the pioneering Psychiatrist, R.D. Laing. Mary was diagnosed with schizophrenia and resided at Kingsley Hall for some time and developed a particularly fruitful relationship with Psychoanalyst, Dr. Joseph Berke.


One of the speakers on the film said something that struck me as rather significant.  He sa...

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What is Logotherapy?

Posted on January 24, 2018 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (3)

Pre-eminent Logotherapist, Dr. Elisabeth Lukas, author of the quite brilliant 'The Therapist & the Soul: From Fate to Freedom', writes the following in the 'About this Book' section (from the first German edition):


'Life today is regarded by many people as empty and questionable. One no longer finds meaning in work, in the family, in the future. However, a life without meaning is, in spite of technical progress, a life without human dignity. Lo...

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Logotherapy Techniques: Dereflection

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (2)

Dereflection is 

'a technique of logotherapeutic psychology that is directed to taking a person's mind off a certain goal through a positive redirection to another goal, with emphasis on assets and abilities rather than the problems at hand. Dereflection often results in accomplishment of the original goal'. Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 9th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.


Dereflection encourages self-transcendence and a shift away from a pre-occupation with ...

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Viktor Frankl on Suicide

Posted on September 10, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (3)

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  In this short clip, Prof. Frankl gives a logotherapeutic perspective on suicde and suicide prevention:


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Logotherapy as a way of Life

Posted on October 23, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (4)

Legacy in Logotherapy & Existential Analysis

Posted on October 23, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (2)

A Logotherapeutic Perspective on Ageing

Posted on March 14, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Many people turn to Logotherapy and Existential Analysis to help them negotiate life's difficulties.  For example, ageing can be a difficult process for some people to embrace.  Frankl said this of his own ageing:


"In the last analysis, getting old is an aspect of the transitoriness of human existence.  But this transitoriness can be a strong motivation for our responsibleness - our recognition of responsibility as basic to human existence."  (Recollectio...

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What Does Life Expect From Us? A Challenging Question.

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life—daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each in...

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