Feeling of Meaninglessness, The : A Challenge to Psychotherapy and Philosophy
Overview: It is the very problem of our time that people are caught by a pervasive feeling of meaninglessness, which is the most conspicuous symptom of the collective neurosis of our time. It is accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. The "existential vacuum" has increased and spread literally all over the world. Our industrialized society is out to satisfy all needs, and our consumer society is even out to create needs in order to satisfy them; but the most human of all human needs - the need to see a meaning in one's life - remains unsatisfied. People may have enough to live by; but more often than not they do not have anything to live for. In this book, internationally known Viennese psychiatrist and philosopher the author of the book Man's Search for Meaning, looks at the human condition in our times. We have never lived under such comfortable conditions, but perhaps never before has it become so clear to us that even if our basic needs are fulfilled, our existential needs are still unfulfilled. Neglect of our existential concerns disables us as much from living life to its fullest as it disables us from weathering the challenges of life. The papers in this book examine the causes of existential frustation and offer practical guideliness and insights on how to overcome meaninglessness in our live.
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