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existentialism and therapy

Posted by SatinDoll on November 17, 2006, at 18:56:12

I am thinking about taking a class on existentialism and I was wondering if this would help me in my therapy process or make it worse. Anyone study this? The class sounds really interesting to me. What do you think ?

 

Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll

Posted by orchid on November 17, 2006, at 19:25:12

In reply to existentialism and therapy, posted by SatinDoll on November 17, 2006, at 18:56:12

Hi Satin Doll,
No idea what it is about. I just wanted to say hi to you since it has been so long. Hope you are doing allright.

 

Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll

Posted by Dinah on November 17, 2006, at 21:48:01

In reply to existentialism and therapy, posted by SatinDoll on November 17, 2006, at 18:56:12

One of the therapists whose books I most admire convinced me to read "Man's Search for Meaning". I don't recall much about it, actually. But whoever this therapist was, he saw existentialism as key to psychological health. Was it Yalom?

 

Re: existentialism and therapy

Posted by Emily Elizabeth on November 17, 2006, at 22:30:01

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll, posted by Dinah on November 17, 2006, at 21:48:01

Viktor Frankl (sp?) wrote "Man's Search For Meaning." I think it is worth reading.

What about existentialism seems like it would help you with your life/therapy? My thinking is that if you think it will help, then it will.

Best,
EE

 

Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll

Posted by GeneralSchlong on November 17, 2006, at 22:58:19

In reply to existentialism and therapy, posted by SatinDoll on November 17, 2006, at 18:56:12

Existentialism has ruined my life. No seriously, I'd advise against it. Unless youre one of those super positive people who can turn anything depressing into something happy and positive. Just my opinion.

 

Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll

Posted by sunnydays on November 18, 2006, at 9:16:11

In reply to existentialism and therapy, posted by SatinDoll on November 17, 2006, at 18:56:12

I've studied existentialism in one of my psych classes and it didn't help me because it's so different from what my therapy is. It's a lot of taking responsibility for ones life being bad and the idea that you can do whatever you want with your life. For me, has a way of making me feel very guilty. But maybe it would help someone else. Just not what I need right now, and my T agrees.

sunnydays

 

Re: existentialism in therapy

Posted by caraher on November 18, 2006, at 12:04:17

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll, posted by sunnydays on November 18, 2006, at 9:16:11

Could someone expand on this a bit? I'm just starting to see a pdoc/therapist who describes her work as "psychodynamic with an existential bent" and I'm not sure I really understand what this means in terms of how therapy would work. I'd especially appreciate experiences from anyone whose T uses similar language to describe their work. Thanks!

 

Re: existentialism in therapy caraher

Posted by SatinDoll on November 18, 2006, at 13:18:54

In reply to Re: existentialism in therapy, posted by caraher on November 18, 2006, at 12:04:17

I know a little regarding therapy, Carl Rogers therapy method uses this a lot. I am lately really getting hyped about Rogers method. You can do a search under Carl Rogers and there are a lot of good sites. I hope that helps caraher. ;-)

 

Re: existentialism and therapy orchid

Posted by SatinDoll on November 18, 2006, at 13:27:59

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll, posted by orchid on November 17, 2006, at 19:25:12

Hi Orchid,

I guess you figured out who I am! ;-) LOL

I am doing okay, some good weeks, some bad ones, but I am hanging in there. School is a lot tougher than I remember but I love it, it gives me a lot to think about other than my life's problems. So far I am getting straight A's and I never have done that before. (I wasn't allowed) I will even get on the Dean's list in school!
I am meeting a lot of really neat people in school and at the gym, so my social circle has expanded a lot. I just need to take it farther with some and try to become closer than just casual friends I see every week.

Most of my classes have been in psychology, which is helping me in therapy, it has given it a whole different feel. I still think my T's legs are sexy, so that hasn't changed! LOL We were going to terminate at the end of the year (my choice), but my life started going crazy again, so we have increased my sessions to every 10 days, and we will take a year to terminate. So I am happy about that. I hope I will be ready when the time comes.
So how are you doing, I haven't seen your name in a long time?/////
Thanks for writing me, I miss talking to you. ;-)

 

Re: existentialism and therapy Emily Elizabeth

Posted by Dinah on November 18, 2006, at 16:17:16

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy, posted by Emily Elizabeth on November 17, 2006, at 22:30:01

I think it might have been Yalom's books that encouraged me to read Frankl's book.

I have to admit that the subject doesn't resonate enormously with me. It has been so darn long since I had any existential angst that it seems like another lifetime.

 

Re: existentialism and therapy Dinah

Posted by SatinDoll on November 18, 2006, at 18:32:48

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll, posted by Dinah on November 17, 2006, at 21:48:01

Thanks Dinah,

I will have to check it out, thanks.

 

Re: existentialism and therapy Emily Elizabeth

Posted by SatinDoll on November 18, 2006, at 18:35:14

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy, posted by Emily Elizabeth on November 17, 2006, at 22:30:01

Hi EE,

I am not sure how it will help but it seems since therapy in a way is exploring who I am , I thought this course would help me out too.

I do believe we create our own lives, and we do have control over how we deceide to live mostly as adults.

 

Re: existentialism and therapy GeneralSchlong

Posted by SatinDoll on November 18, 2006, at 18:36:29

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll, posted by GeneralSchlong on November 17, 2006, at 22:58:19

Thanks for your input, do you mind confiding in me on how it ruined your life? I am just curious, was it a college class, book, or what?//////////

 

Re: existentialism and therapy sunnydays

Posted by SatinDoll on November 18, 2006, at 18:38:46

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll, posted by sunnydays on November 18, 2006, at 9:16:11

Hi sunny,

Thanks for letting me know what you think. I guess I am feeling it is up to me to change my life and be happier, so maybe it would be a good class for me. Even if I get nothing out of the class, it will still statify on of my general requirements.

 

Re: existentialism and therapy SatinDoll

Posted by Orchid on November 20, 2006, at 13:08:13

In reply to Re: existentialism and therapy orchid, posted by SatinDoll on November 18, 2006, at 13:27:59

Hi SatinDoll
LOL yeah it wasn't that hard to figure out who you were. In fact I just read one of your posts and it didn't have anything to point back but just the tone of your post made me realize it must be you :-) and then I confirmed it with reading couple more of your posts :) LOL

Glad that life atleast on the college and therapy front is going ok and I gather your marriage is still giving you troubles. Hope you will work it out well. And I am happy things are fine with your T as well :-)

I have been doing allright for the most part. I have kind of become little more spiritual and much lesser into psychology and therapy so that is why you don't see my name here all that much, since nowadays I usually have nothing much to say on the therapy topics. And I haven't been on therapy for quite a long time now, so I don't have much to share too.


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