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Miss B Pursues Death and Miss P Life in the Light of V. E. Frankl's Existential Analysis/Logotherapy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. University of Turku. Finland.
2015 (English)In: Omega, ISSN 0030-2228, Vol. 71, no 2, 169-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ms B's in United Kingdom and Ms P's in Finland choices in life when dealing with acute ventilator-assisted tetraplegia were analyzed by means of Viktor E. Frankl's existential analysis/logotherapy. The freedom of will to existential meaning and to worth in one's suffering realizes in the attitudinal change the person chooses or is forced to adopt when subject to severe circumstances. Life becomes existentially meaningful relative to inescapable suffering by the completion of three values: creative, experiential, and attitudinal values. If the search for meaning on these paths is frustrated or obstructed, a person's will to meaning transforms into existential frustration along with an existential vacuum and feelings of despair emerge and harm the person's will to survive. However, a person's frustrated meaning in life, when subject to unavoidable severe conditions, can be averted and redirected by applying the basic tenets in an existential analytic/logotherapeutic approach to the extreme situation.

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2015. Vol. 71, no 2, 169-197 p.
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existential analysis, existential meaning, V.E. Frankl, tetraplegia, paralysis, ventilator assistance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117076DOI: 10.1177/0030222815570599ISI: 000354134000004OAI: diva2:810072
Available from: 2015-05-06 Created: 2015-05-06 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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