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Having been mentored via Viktor E. Frankl, the founding father of logotherapy, Emeritus Professor David Guttmann authored this e-book so common readers might comprehend this method of discovering that means in existence on the aspect whilst so much people commence deeply pondering over that query, at midlife and past. particularly nowadays of a number of calls for on our time and doubtless continuous tasks, we too usually locate that it is just whilst the airborne dirt and dust settles, after a piece day or paintings week, or perhaps after retirement, once we start to ask yourself: what's the which means of existence? the aim? This ebook is a brand new millennium enterprise into these questions and their solutions utilizing logotherapy, written by way of a sage understudy who recollects Frankl, together with his logotherapy, because the epitome of his conception even at eighty years previous, clever and witty, exuding an power, enthusiasm and younger spirit that belied his years via a long time. getting older doesn't slash our energy, our power, and our quest for all times, yet reshapes it with new understandings, pursuits, and desires. yet, says Guttmann, we are living in a technical and machine-based international now, within which there's a risk of wasting our souls. right here, readers discover a new, inventive point of view on getting older and a clean religious outlook.This booklet might be of curiosity not just to normal readers, specially these at midlife and past, but in addition to their households, pals, and scholars or pros within the aiding professions. This targeted paintings presents wisdom to discover that means in existence derived from the fields of philosophy, psychology, faith and gerontology, with case illustrations and vignettes to provide readers either highbrow excitement and sensible tips.

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Yet, whether or not we respond to the call of life depends entirely on us. And the way that we respond to this call decides whether we use or miss the unique opportunity for finding meaning to our existence—or whether our lives are “full of vanities,” and not really different from that of the animals, as Ecclesiastes says. A relevant illustration is taken from the life of Frankl, as told by his granddaughter at the conference on logotherapy held in Madrid in 2005: “My grandfather was forty years old when he was freed from the last concentration camp he stayed at that time.

The illness of his wife opened the eyes of Mr. Blum. He saw that he failed to provide sufficient emotional support to his wife when she needed it. If he would have done so, he could have found deeper meaning to his life and felt greater satisfaction. The discovery gave him an opportunity to correct his way and to find a new meaning in life. One can learn from this case that each difficulty that life poses, each question that life asks, is a chance to engage in a new search for meaning and an opportunity for finding it—even at age seventy-eight.

Life has posed for me a question,” Jung said, “and I had to answer to the best of my ability” (p. 451). Jung perceived the world into which we are born as rude, coarse, rough, and obscene, but nevertheless containing divine beauty. According to him, what people wish to believe is dominant in the world depends on their mood: meaning or its lack. Jung knew that, in terms of metaphysics, life is lacking meaning and yet is full of meaning and hopes; in the end, meaning will gain and win (p. 451). WHAT LIFE DEMANDS FROM ME: MEANING OF THE MOMENT In each moment we are requested by life to respond to the meaning offered by some life event and to realize the meaning potential hidden in that moment.

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