Drawing on the work of Viktor Frankl and other leading Existential thinkers, this workshop will provide opportunities for participants to experience how to work with some of life’s ‘big questions’ from an Existential perspective.
‘Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances; to choose one’s own way’.
Viktor Frankl, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’
‘People can give meaning to their lives by realizing creative values, by achieving tasks.
They can also give meaning to their lives by realizing experiential values, by experiencing the Good, the True and the Beautiful, or by knowing one single human being in all their uniqueness…’
But even a person who finds themselves in the greatest distress can still give their life a meaning by the way they face their fate, their distress. By taking their unavoidable suffering upon themselves they may yet realize values.
Thus life has a meaning to the last breath. For the possibility of realizing values by the very attitude with which we face our unchangeable suffering – this possibility exists to the very last moment. Frankl calls such values attitudinal values. The right kind of suffering – facing your fate without flinching – is the highest achievement that has been granted to (hu)man.’
Viktor Frankl, ‘The Doctor and The Soul: From Psychotherapy to Logotherapy’
Key issues worked through will include:
Free Will vs Determinism
Mortality: Being vs Non-Being
Isolation vs Connectedness
Skills vs Being
Meaning vs Meaninglessness
Coping vs Growing
Emotion, Experience and Embodiment
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