Finding Meaning in Life, at Midlife and Beyond: Wisdom and by David Guttmann

By David Guttmann

Having been mentored via Viktor E. Frankl, the founding father of logotherapy, Emeritus Professor David Guttmann authored this booklet so basic readers may perhaps comprehend this method of discovering that means in existence on the element whilst such a lot people commence deeply thinking about over that question, at midlife and past. in particular this present day of a number of calls for on our time and likely continuous responsibilities, we too frequently locate that it is just while the airborne dirt and dust settles, after a piece day or paintings week, or maybe after retirement, once we start to ask yourself: what's the which means of lifestyles? the aim? This e-book is a brand new millennium enterprise into these questions and their solutions utilizing logotherapy, written through a sage understudy who remembers Frankl, along with his logotherapy, because the epitome of his idea even at eighty years previous, clever and witty, exuding an strength, enthusiasm and younger spirit that belied his years via a long time. getting older doesn't curb our strength, our strength, and our quest for all times, yet reshapes it with new understandings, ambitions, and desires. yet, says Guttmann, we are living in a technical and machine-based international now, during which there's a possibility of wasting our souls. the following, readers discover a new, artistic standpoint on getting older and a clean religious outlook.This booklet might be of curiosity not just to normal readers, specifically these at midlife and past, but in addition to their households, pals, and scholars or execs within the supporting professions. This designated paintings offers wisdom to discover that means in lifestyles derived from the fields of philosophy, psychology, faith and gerontology, with case illustrations and vignettes to provide readers either highbrow excitement and useful suggestions.

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How many times do we hear old people living together for decades say that they cannot even imagine living without their better half? This dependency on another is similar to that of a small child on parents, especially on the mother. Such a child lacks independent life; his entire existence is dependent on the other. Many older women, despite modern times and the achievements of feminism and equality between the genders, remain completely dependent on their partners for life and do not know how to take care of themselves without those partners.

It is even more difficult for the young to make preparations for their old age at that time in their lives. Even students studying gerontology can hardly imagine themselves as old people. They resemble 18 Finding Meaning in Life, at Midlife and Beyond old participants in many studies who deny the fact that they are aged and insist that the others in the same age group are old. An aging individual must learn what promotes his or her health and what poses great risks that need to be avoided. An appropriate diet and exercise can do wonders to preserve and even to enhance one’s physical and mental well-being.

A mentally healthy individual maintains well-developed social interests, exhibits more optimism and bravery, and is willing to accept more responsibility than an unhealthy one. Such an individual works more diligently and industriously to advance the welfare of the community than does a neurotic. Adler made positive comparisons between his individual psychology and religion. He claimed that both of these refer to the wholeness of the soul in a loving community. People can discover meaning in life through religion, which gives strength and enhances love for the social interests of people.

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