Saturday, March 2, 2013

Existential Philosophy

The Existential approach to therapy is rooted in existential philosophy (think Neitzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, etc.)

The following are assumptions of existential philosophy . . .

Individual Emphasis: the goal in life is to really exist as opposed to so-called living, to fully manifest your talents and virtues, thus “becoming the person you really are.”

Passionate Commitment: urges us to live our lives to the fullest, according to our own individual understanding.

Human freedom to make choices and the responsibility to do so consciously: responsible for what we do, responsible for who we are, responsible for the way we face and deal with the world, responsible, ultimately, for the way the world is.

Authenticity: Encourages us to be authentic, to “take hold of ourselves” and in the engagement with self to make the most appropriate choices in living in the world.


Journal of Heart-Centered Therapies, 2003, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 3-46
The Existential Approach in Heart-Centered Therapies
David Hartman, MSW and Diane Zimberoff, M.A.

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