Posts Tagged ‘meaning of life’

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis – Viktor Frankl Legacy

Logotherapy and Existential Analysis – Dr Viktor Frankl Legacy

Logotherapy/Existential Analysis (LTEA) is an empirically based, meaning-centred approach to psychotherapy.

Logotherapy was developed by the Jewish Austrian psychiatrist and neurologist Dr. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997), who survived the horors of the Holocaust, and later published he international bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning.

Frankl maintains that the striving to find meaning and purpose in our lives are the primary and our most powerful motivational forces.

Logotherapy helps individuals transcend the self and use the power of meaning in order to face and conquer adversity, suffering, loss or tragedy.

Frankl’s vision has a powerful message of hope for us all. it fosters an attitude of resilience and optimism in the face of pain and loss. He views people as having three dimensions: body, mind and spirit, and according to Frankl, the spirit can never be sick.


Positive Psychology 2.0: Towards a Balanced Interactive Model of the Good Life

Wong, P. (2011) Positive Psychology 2.0: Towards a Balanced Interactive Model of the Good Life. DrPaulWong.Com



This paper first describes the growing pains and challenges of the positive psychology (PP) movement and identified the four pillars of the good life as meaning, virtue, resilience, and well-being, which are all shaped by culture. I then introduce three issues that characterise the second wave of PP (referred to as PP 2.0). The first concerns the need for a comprehensive taxonomy of PP. The second involves the hypothesis that meaning-orientation and happiness-orientation represent two different visions of the good life with profound practical implications. Eudaimonia is viewed as meaning plus virtue. The third issue concerns a dual-systems model as a way to integrate the complex interactions between the negatives and positives to optimise positive outcomes in various situations. I conclude that PP 2.0 is characterised by a balanced, interactive, meaning-centered, and cross-cultural perspective.

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