Viktor Frankl & our Need for Meaning

Click on the title for Hennie de Villier’s post on the Facebook page: Viktor E Frankl – Logotherapy & Existential Analysis.

Good photo, and helpful quotation:-

‘If architects want to strengthen a decrepit arch, they increase the load that is laid upon it, for thereby the parts are joined more firmly together. So, if therapists wish to foster their patients’ mental health, they should not be afraid to increase that load through a reorientation toward the meaning of one’s life.’ Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning

From a person-centred perspective, we see the therapist’s task as offering relationship characterized by presence and the core conditions, to support the client in their unique and self-organizing actualizing process – which IS ‘a reorientation toward the meaning of one’s life’. In other words, the client will ‘increase that load’ and ‘strengthen’ for themselves, within the therapeutic process, if we as therapists can offer a sufficient relationship, the ‘foster’ element.

We are looking at the same phenomena as Frankl, and seeing the same experiential truths, although our language/conceptual structure differs a little. Which brings us back to Rogers:-

“Somewhere here I want to bring in a learning which has been most rewarding, because it makes me feel so deeply akin to others. I can word it this way. What is most personal is most general. There have been times when in talking with students or staff, or in my writing, I have expressed myself in ways so personal that I have felt I was expressing an attitude which it was probable no one else could understand, because it was so uniquely my own…. In these instances I have almost invariably found that the very feeling which has seemed to me most private, most personal, and hence most incomprehensible by others, has turned out to be an expression for which there is a resonance in many other people. It has led me to believe that what is most personal and unique in each one of us is probably the very element which would, if it were shared or expressed, speak most deeply to others. This has helped me to understand artists and poets as people who have dared to express the unique in themselves.”

Carl Rogers, On Becoming A Person, p. 26

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