Why is this happening?
There are times we ask ourselves why something is happening. It can be a sickness, cancer, an injury, being laid off, having a child who is struggling, addiction, the loss of a loved one, or a circumstance we didn't choose but have to endure. The deepest depths of our fears and uncertainties can overwhelm us at these times, and making sense of our world, well...just doesn't make sense. Things sometimes seem meaningless to us, and we lose purpose.
Logotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that was developed by Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust. As he was in multiple concentration camps during the Holocaust, he witnessed people in their most dire moments continue to find meaning and create purpose (his book "Man's Search for Meaning describes this in detail). When he was liberated from this experience, he went on to develop a type of treatment called Logotherapy.
Logotherapy is based on the belief that individuals are motivated by a sense of purpose or meaning in life, and that this sense of meaning can help them to overcome difficulties and find fulfillment--even when we feel that these things are severely out of reach.
Logotherapy can be a powerful tool for treating mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and addiction. Here are some ways in which logotherapy can be used to treat mental health:
Finding Meaning: Logotherapy helps individuals to find meaning and purpose in life, which can be especially important for individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. By seeing the hard aspects of life we can understand a depth of happiness we have felt at other times. By seeing that things are difficult for us, we can choose to find meaning daily to push us forward and mold us. The other option is to fold in on ourselves. By focusing on what gives life meaning and purpose, we can develop a sense of direction and motivation.
Acceptance: Logotherapy encourages individuals to accept their circumstances and to find meaning in even the most difficult situations. This can help individuals to cope with stress and anxiety, and to develop a sense of resilience. Without acceptance, we are going to struggle. This does not mean we approve of a situation, or we shouldn't try to make things better if we can. Rather, it is being able to accept things as they are. It is then that we can begin to do something about it.
Responsibility: Logotherapy emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for one's own life and choices. This can be empowering for individuals who may feel that they are powerless or helpless. Even in the worst situation there is always choice.
Spirituality: Logotherapy recognizes the importance of spirituality and religion in finding meaning and purpose in life. To see the world with a larger perspective and to have failth grounded in God, enables a person to look at the world with a wide lens and allows them to find comfort even when others can't see the source of their hope.
Positive Focus: Logotherapy encourages individuals to focus on positive aspects of their lives, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. This can help to reduce feelings of hopelessness and despair, and to cultivate a sense of optimism. The stories we tell ourselves are powerful and we decide what they will be.
Resilience: Logotherapy can help individuals to develop resilience, which is the ability to bounce back from adversity. This can be particularly important for individuals who are dealing with trauma or difficult life circumstances. A lesson learned in struggle allows us to accomplish things we never dreamed we could.
If you are struggling to find meaning and purpose in your life, Logotherapy with a professional can help. It can be eye opening to talk with a person who can help you determine your own meaning from the tragedies and difficulties you are facing (or have faced). If this sounds like something that would benefit you to talk more about, please feel free to use your choice and fill out a contact form at www.thekingsforge.net