Existentialism’s focus on human being-toward-limits portrays personal identity as a site of becoming, a “work-in-progress” whose incompleteness is both tragic and redemptive ( Camus, 1955/1991 ). It is tragic because, confronted with the unchanging past and an uncertain future, people form ultimately unanswerable desires to transcend these limits.
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The roots of existentialism as a philosophy beganwith the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855). Kierkegaard was intensely interested in man’srelationship with God, and its ultimate impossibility. Man is finite and individual, whereas God isinfinite and absolute, so the two can never truly meet. In pursuing the relationship, however, man...
Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) was truly an extraordinaryman. His first paper was submitted forpublication by Sigmund Freud; his second paper was published at the urging ofAlfred Adler. Gordon Allport wasinstrumental in getting Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning (Frankl,1946/1992) published in English, a book that went on to be recognized by theLibr...
Rollo May (1909-1994) introduced existentialism toAmerican psychologists, and has remained the best known proponent of thisapproach in America. Trained in a fairlytraditional format as a psychoanalyst, May considered the detachment with whichpsychoanalysts approached their patients as a violation of social ethics. For example, if a psychoanalyst he...
Buddhism is by far the oldest theory of psychology thatwe will cover in this book. Appliedexistentialism, particularly the work of Rollo May, is one of the more recentdevelopments in psychology. And yet,these two approaches share a great deal in common, a fact readily acknowledgedby May: …The likenesses betweenthese Eastern philosophies and existen...
Jean-Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness (1943) isconsidered the defining text of modern existentialism. Sartre was an atheist, so the briefintroduction to existentialism in this chapter went in the direction ofatheism. However, Frankl and May werenot atheists, and one of May’s most influential mentors, as well as a closepersonal friend, was Paul T...Existentialism focuses on an individual’s subjective “truth.” The freedom and responsibility that come with personal truth lead to anxiety, but they can also elevate the individual to lead an authe...Heidegger believed that all creatures are connected, but that only humans can become aware of this connection. Dasein, the realization of this connection, allows us to connect with Being. Awareness...Sartre believed that humans were unique, something he called en-soi. Awareness of the nothingness that separates the en-soi from the pour-soi is what drives some individuals to make something signi...Viktor Frankl developed his ideas for logotherapy (an existential psychoanalysis) during his impressive early career. He had an extraordinary opportunity to put his ideas to the test while imprison...
¹ Three examples of a fundamental attribution error are: (1) people get what they deserve in life; (2 )the actor-observer effect and (3) the self-serving bias. Learn about these and more in this section of BrainMass. The false consensus is “the tendency of a person to perceive his or her own response as representative of a general consensus." ¹
One of the strength of existential theory is their capability to allow clients to examine the level at which behavior is influenced by cultural, family, and social conditioning. If an individual does not satisfy personal needs, he may experience depression, anxiety, and frustration.