Logotherapy

            What is our meaning in life? Why are we here? What is out purpose? For most people, they’ll ponder these questions until the day they die. Day in and day out we struggle to find that one thing in life that makes us happy, the thing that makes us feel as though we’re not at work. Blessed are those who find what comes naturally to them and turn it into success. Today I see professional athletes, gold medalists, and child prodigies so content and happy for they have found the one thing in life they have been gifted with. In some ways I find something inside me feeling jealous of those people. I always want so badly to find something I’m passionate about, something that intrigues me. Viktor Frankl had many ideas concerning logotherapy. Unlike Frankl, Freud had different views in which he called psychoanalysis.

Freud was more interested in the past, reducing tension, a therapist perspective, time, and determinism. Frankl also believed we humans all have a “will to meaning.” This drive inside of us is what we search for most of our lives. In its most simple form, we are not satisfied until we have come to terms with our “will to meaning.” This leads us to the idea of existential vacuum, in other words, discover what you love to do and you will never work another day in your life. This idea can involve your job, the hobbies you participate in, the lifestyle you live, the family you raise (if any). However, along with the existential vacuum comes existential frustration. It’s the element we feel when we are not fulfilling our meaning in life. Like all things in life, when a goal is not met, it finds a way to get us down and frustrated, and it is then that we only try so much harder to succeed. Frankl sees this frustration as an achievement, for when we become frustrated we have reached a certain tension (not stress) as humans. This particular type of tension is known as the goal of Noo-Dynamics. Frankl also believed that man is not fully conditioned and determined. He believed man determined himself and whether to give in to conditions or stand up to them. Man is ultimately self-determining and does not simply exist, but will always decide what his existence will be. He also believed every human had the freedom to change at any given moment, therefore the individual personality is very unpredictable. Frankl said there were three ways in which we could find meaning within our lives.

These consisted of doing a deed or working on a project, our own experiences in life, and unavoidable suffering. I agree with Frankl in many ways, for his theory presents many interesting details and points. I feel as though the things I have come to love in my life today were put into my life mainly through my experiences and work I have done throughout my lifetime. Through experience alone, I have found new hobbies, and different things that make me happy. Since I was little my dad had bought me tiny plastic ponies, thinking some day I might enjoy horseback riding. When the time came for me to ask to take lessons, my parents had been so taken back and afraid for my own safety, for I was so young at the time. As a young girl I never had the chance to ride a horse, However, as I grew older, I developed many friendships with girls my age involved with horses. I took the opportunity to ride one beautiful summer afternoon on my friends horse and had never experienced such a sense of freedom in my life. Through my own choices and self determination, I tried horseback riding for the first time and absolutely fell in love with the sport. It is now a very large part of my life and is something I will keep with me forever.

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