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|Jard DeVille is now recognized by many as the most prolific and creative successor to Vicktor Frankl. For decades he and Roberta -- his wife and co-author and daughter Dee, who is their editor and computer guru, have followed Viktor’s approach to identifying meaningful lifestyles. They spent decades researching Logotherapy, rubbing concepts together while pastoring and teaching in churches, colleges and universities, working in and directing clinics and consulting in large and small organizations of various kinds around the world.
During their adult lives Jard and Roberta have produced a virtual library of books, seminars, and psychological assessment instruments -- most of them based on the Logotherapy constructs they first learned from Viktor forty years ago and then modified as they became more and more competent and thoughtful for themselves. Every one of the seventeen book length study courses in the LOGOTHERAPY LEARNING CENTER’S core curriculum, is their own work. As Viktor once said -- a dwarf seated on a giant’s shoulder can sometimes see further down the trail than can the giant. They have modified Logotherapy in this manner -
LOGOTHERAPY = f (Personal Meaning x Communal Belonging)
Jard combined Viktor’s focus on personal meaning with his own emphasis on situations and relationships where one belongs emotionally -- where good people are accepted, loved and trusted in places of the heart.
What is Logotherapy?
by Jard DeVille on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 12:55pm
- The first assumption is that each person is a subjective soul consisting of body (soma), mind (psyche), and spirit (logos). Our bodies and minds supply the tools through which we function while our spirits are what we really are in the great scheme of life and love.
- Life has meaning under all circumstances -- during the most benevolent and even the most unfortunate of times. This second assumption is about ultimate meaning as an expression of spiritual grace. This is something mystical all persons will experience consistently when we identify with the Cosmos from which we came and embrace life and love with a spiritual mindset.
- Life in the spirit has requirements which persons must fulfill if our choices are to become meaningful. This third assumption, existential meaning focuses our daily lifestyle choices. When embedded in ultimate meaning -- this working meaning can be expressed pragmatically. This is done by projecting the realities of faith, hope and love into society through our spiritual virtues and responsible choices and by following the promptings of a spiritually awakened conscience.
- People have a persisting need for meaning although we often have to discover or even create the best purposes of life for ourselves. This fourth assumption is that our search for meaning is the main motivating factor in our attitudes and activities after our primary needs of food, safety and sound health are met. Living meaningfully is more important to most people than grubbing ruthlessly for possessions, prestige, pleasure and power. When we live with a sense of purpose in our activities and attitudes, we can persevere bravely through life’s bad days as well as enjoying satisfying times.
- Women and men retain their yearning for psychospiritual satisfaction throughout their entire lives. Assumption five is that we are free and competent enough to focus our need for meaning and that this can be done under any and all circumstances. It includes a victory of positive attitudes, high expectations and responsible choices despite any and all painful events. Viktor Frankl became a great model of a soul who courageously faced suffering and possibly an ignominious death without losing the sense of purpose that he found in treating patients medically and emotionally as the death camp doctor. Even in the anteroom of the German hell, he kept his life meaningful and filled with purposeful choices.
Each individual is a unique soul consisting of his or her own physical, psychological and philosophical values, attitudes, expectations, beliefs and choices. While we speak of these three traits individually because we cannot write about all of them at once -- in each person’s life they are as inextricably linked together as the ingredients of a cake after it has been baked.
YOUR SEARCH FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE - Logotherapy And Life
Visit http://www.logotherapylearningcenter.com/ for a free eBook about Logotherapy
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