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Logotherapy elevator statement

by Batya Yaniger One of the important marketing rules is imagining you’re on an elevator, the doors and soon closing and you’ve got half a minute to say something that captures the essence of what you do. Here is my … Continue reading

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Down Syndrome and a logotherapeutic attitude

Apropos to what I was writing about yesterday and the understandings that congealed in our logotherapy group, I received in my box a most beautiful, poignant and meaningful article by William Kolbrenner illustrating a logotherapeutic attitude towards life (although he … Continue reading

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Socratic Questioning

Socratic questioning is the work-horse of logotherapy. I want to bring your attention a few selections from ebook Prism of Meaning by Maria Marshall that particularly struck me. “Naïve questioning is a form of questioning in the dialogue which is … Continue reading

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Alcoholism and Free Choice

I’ve been thinking about the subject of alcoholism after discussing it with a colleague. I was wondering whether it isn’t possible to ascertain the turning point when the person changes from being an alcoholic in potential to being an actual … Continue reading

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Understanding forgiveness

I’ve been thinking lately about forgiveness. I want to understand it experientially, not just intellectually. Genuine guilt in both the logotherapeutic and Jewish concept of living is to be viewed as an opportunity for regret and change. If you learn … Continue reading

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What makes logotherapy different?

Meaning-centered We’re not focused on the problem but on the meaning and on the person behind the problem who is being challenged with this. We want to look at who this person is and we assume that everything that happens … Continue reading

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Response-ability

It’s significant that Frankl calls responsibility “response-ability.” If we never read Frankl’s writings we would simply say that responsibility is an obligation that stands and confronts you. If you fail to fulfill your obligation you’ll suffer the consequence. You’ll be … Continue reading

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Humans hear; animals fear

Frankl says, “Conscience could be defined as the intuitive capacity of man to find out the meaning of a situation (Will to Meaning, p. 63). Meaning is the opportunity/challenge/demand/invitation/requirement/call/question life asks (pick the word you prefer) for a unique individual … Continue reading

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Free to be

(Twelfth and last in a series summarizing the book Halachic Man) What does it mean to be free? Someone who is free: a) Is free from something b) Is free towards something Freedom for Frankl entails both freedom “from” and … Continue reading

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Creativity of divine providence

(Eleventh in a series summarizing the book Halachic Man) The second idea of creativity in Judaism is divine providence. For whatever reason, God wanted to pay special attention to us human beings. Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom that … Continue reading

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