Overview The modern crisis of suicide, violence, & depression – a meaning crisis Viktor Frankl’s unique contributions Logotherapy is a spiritual therapy The Tragic Triad & Neurotic Triangle The Meaning Triangle The Three Value Pathways to discovering meaning
Who am I? (Identity) Where do I fit in? (Belonging) What makes life worth living? (Values)
Solomon’s Problem of Meaninglessness “Meaningless! Meaningless!... Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, NIV)
Job’s Problem of Suffering “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?” (Job 3:11, NIV)
Frankl’s Contribution He was the first psychotherapist who had the insight that we are spiritual beings. He restored the human soul and spirit to psychology. A major task of psychotherapy is spiritual care. The most effective way to attain healing and wholeness is through the spiritual path of discovering meaning.
Meaning of Life Can be found until the last breath of life Can only be found through enduring values The ultimate meaning can only be approximated The situational meaning can be facilitated by belief in global meaning Meaningful living is comprised of meaningful moments
Attitudinal Value A defiant attitude of freedom and responsibility against all oppressive forces endows us with human dignity. All great achievements are made by people who dare to take a stand against all the odds and say, “Here I stand, so help me God.”