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is a meaning-oriented form of psychotherapy developed by V. Frankl. Its central concept emphasizes the close connection between psychological health and the finding of meaning in life. Frankl considers “will to meaning” the primary human motivation (cf. S. Freud's “will to pleasure” and A. Adler's “will to power”); if it is frustrated, inappropriate neurotic attitudes (Neurosis) can proliferate to fill the vacuum. One task of therapy is therefore to include the mental dimension in the patient's treatment. Logotherapy presup…

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Röhlin, Karl-Heinz, “Logotherapy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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