14
Sep
2019

LOGOTHERAPEUTIC SELF-CARE

Written by Henry D. Mason

Offering light to the world carries with it the inevitable danger of burning (Gentry, 2002). Those in the helping professions (hereafter referred to as “therapists”) unavoidably witness human disease, disorder, and distress in the course of their daily work. The concepts of isease, disorder, and distress have, at the exclusion of human goodness, strengths, and talents, ecome prominent foci of contemporary psychological discourse (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). This dominant psychology dialogue gave rise to a proliferation of research focused almost exclusively on pathology (Peterson, 2006). In an attempt to address this imbalance, Seligman (1998) introduced positive psychology, which proposes that human goodness, strengths, and talents are as authentic as disease, disorder, and distress. Hence, a height psychology, to complement the pervasive pathology-based depth psychology, was proposed (Peterson, 2006; Seligman, 1998).

Frankl introduced the notion of a height psychology, which was conceptualized as logotherapy, during the pre-WW2 period……

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