Monday, December 31, 2012

Logotherapy and Religious Consciousness - Part XIII


III. Logotherapy and Religious Consciousness:

     Logotherapy and Religion are by no means opposed to one another. Both specifically compliment one another with the following qualities: transcendent, holistic (body, psyche, spirit), inner freedom in the face of unavoidable suffering, and the search for meaning as being anthropologically an innate quality of being human. The inherent reality of man is that he/she is not merely a material substance, but spiritual. Spirituality doesn’t appeal to any specific creed or faith tradition, but manifests itself in the essence of being human and consequently is expressed in various outward belief systems: Atheism, Agnosticism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, etc. Since logotherapy functions on the principal of man’s unique quality of self-transcendence, anthropologically speaking, then logotherapy becomes a universal method for addressing the meaning of life. As Dr. Graber notes: “It follows that spirituality is at the core, innate and central; and, that a particular religion is acquired and peripheral to the core.”[i] It is in this fact that logotherapy becomes the preferred method of pastoral caregivers since it is truly cross-cultural and ecumenical in its therapeutic approach.[ii]
     There are various common problems brought before the pastoral caregiver, induced from psycho-spiritual disintegration, such as depression, family conflict, guilt, marital conflict, sexual abuse victims, suicidal ideation, etc. The will to meaning (noögenic dimension) is congruent with the self-transcendence of religious consciousness:



[i]Graber, Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy, 51.

[ii]Ibid. 53-54.

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