Theory of Choice Group Presentation
Jaclyn Cervo
Nora Coleman
Michael Driscoll
Kristella Matahartshorn
Melissa Windham
Viktor Frankl 1905-1997
Vienna, Austria
Neurologist and
Specialized in suicide
and depression
World War II
1942- Terezín
October 1944- Auschwitz and Turkheim
April 1945- liberated by the Americans
From Death-Camp to Existentialism
Freedom of will – responsibility
Will to meaning - striving vs. driven
Meaning of life - always possible
Creating - experiencing – suffering
Attitude toward guilt - pain- death
Meaning Centered Psychotherapy
Focus on the future
Emphasizes human responsibleness
Emotions are relative
Role of therapist
 Role of client
 Intention
 Length
Noological vs. spiritual dimension
Conversion always possible
Being worthy of the cross
Humans capable of great good/evil
Conflicts with Christianity
Closing Thoughts from Frankl
It doesn’t matter what we expect from life,
but what life expects from us.
Love is the ultimate and highest goal to
which man can aspire.
He who has a why to live for can bear with
almost any how.
That which does not kill me, makes me
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