The psychiatrist Professor Viktor Frankl recounted in one of his many books an experience a student of his had whilst a patient in a psychiatric hospital. It refers to a time when psychiatry was much less enlightened and sophisticated than it is today. Nonetheless, it is demonstrative of the fact that we can find meaning … More God, Psychiatric Illness & Uncovering Meaning
Such sad news breaking today – Swedish DJ and musician, Avicii (Tim Bergling) has died. His music was unique and had an existentialist flavour to it; he dealt with themes of meaning in work/life, relationships and self-worth. ‘Levels’, released in 2013, was a good example of this. In the video you see a reference to … More Avicii And The Myth Of Sisyphus
As a Logotherapist & Existential Analyst I often get asked the question, ‘what is Logotherapy’? It’s actually simpler than it might sound! So, to help with that question I’ve produced a short video that explains the basics:
The existentialist philosopher Albert Camus’ famous quote: “In the depths of winter I finally learned that within me resided an invincible summer”, reminds us that resilience resides within. Hope is intrinsic to our existence; it cannot be attained by wealth, power or anything that the world can bestow upon us. It is the work of … More Resilience, Hope & The God Within
Death, and dying are not topics that we discuss freely in our Western Christian culture; we tend to live life with the certainty of death hidden in the recesses of our mind. It is all around us, but we dare not think of it in case the impact of it is too much to bear. … More Reflections on Death & Dying: How to Journey Well
It was Henry Marsh, a celebrated neurosurgeon, who once so perceptively said: ‘what are we if we don’t try to help others…we’re nothing, nothing at all.’ These words were uttered in the closing moments of ‘The English Surgeon’ an emotionally charged BBC film that looks at Marsh’s charitable work in Ukraine. Marsh, and his fellow … More Existentialism & Ethics In Action: The Life Of A Neurosurgeon
Todd May, a Professor of Philosophy at Clemson University asks some searching questions in his article ‘The Meaningfulness of Lives.’ How do we define meaning? Does it really matter? Should we just stop ‘navel gazing’ and get on with life? Oh, and does philosophy (and by extension, theology) have anything useful to say to us … More Living a Meaningful Life…….What Does it Matter?