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(Ausschnitt) Philosoph in Meditation,1632
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
niederländischer Maler

 


 

Sinnfindung

Sinnhaftigkeit, Sinnfindung und Wertschöpfung werden fassbar, wenn sich der Mensch auf ein übergeordnetes Ganzes bezieht, beispielsweise auf eine menschliche Gemeinschaft.


Zitate zum Thema Sinnfindung / Sense of meaning and purpose

Zitate von Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl forderte neben der Tiefenpsychologie eine Höhenpsychologie.

 

  • Der Glaube ist nicht ein Denken, vermindert um die Realität des Gedachten, sondern ein Denken, vermehrt um die Existentialität des jeweils Denkenden. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) österreichischer Psychiater, Psychotherapeut, Neurologe, KZ-Überlebender, Sinnforscher, Begründer der Logotherapie, Autor, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Gott ist der Partner unserer intimsten Selbstgespräche. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) österreichischer Psychiater, Psychotherapeut, Neurologe, KZ-Überlebender, Sinnforscher, Begründer der Logotherapie, Autor, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Glück stellt sich spontan ein, wenn wir einen Sinn in unserem Leben entdecken. Anders gesagt: Wenn wir unsere eigenen Antworten auf die großen Fragen gefunden haben. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) österreichischer Psychiater, Psychotherapeut, Neurologe, KZ-Überlebender, Sinnforscher, Begründer der Logotherapie, Autor, Quelle unbekannt

 

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Irrtum des Mythos vom Streben nach Glück:

  • Je mehr er [der Mensch] nach Glück jagt, um so mehr verjagt er es auch schon. Um dies zu verstehen, brauchen wir nur das Vorurteil zu überwinden, dass der Mensch im Grund darauf aus sei, glücklich zu sein; was er in Wirklichkeit will, ist nämlich, einen Grund dazu zu haben. Und hat er einmal einen Grund dazu, dann stellt sich das Glücksgefühl von selbst ein. In dem Maße hingegen, in dem er das Glücksgefühl direkt anpeilt, verliert er den Grund, den er dazu haben mag, aus den Augen, und das Glücksgefühl selbst sackt in sich zusammen. Mit anderen Wort, Glück muss er-folgen und kann nicht er-zielt werden. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) österreichischer Psychiater, Psychotherapeut, Neurologe, KZ-Überlebender, Sinnforscher, Begründer der Logotherapie, Autor, Die Sinnfrage in der Psychotherapie, S. 20, Piper, München, 1981

 


Dame mit Fächer, Ölgemälde, 1917-1918
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) österreichischer Maler
  • Die Frage ist falsch gestellt, wenn wir nach dem Sinn des Lebens fragen. Das Leben selbst ist es, das dem Menschen Fragen stellt. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) österreichischer Psychiater, Psychotherapeut, Neurologe, KZ-Überlebender, Sinnforscher, Begründer der Logotherapie, Autor, 1982

 

 

 

  • Sinn kann nicht gegeben, sondern muss gefunden werden. –
    Sinn muss gefunden, kann aber nicht erzeugt werden.

    Was sich erzeugen lässt, ist entweder subjektiver Sinn, ein bloßes Sinngefühl, oder – Unsinn. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) österreichischer Psychiater, Psychotherapeut, Neurologe, KZ-Überlebender, Sinnforscher, Begründer der Logotherapie, Autor, Das Leiden am sinnlosen Leben. Psychotherapie für heute, S. 28, Herder Verlag, Freiburg, 1977, 21. Auflage 2011

Zitate allgemein

Persönliche Bekenntnisse

  • Ich weiß, dass bei allen Versuchen, dem Leben Sinn abzuringen, in Wirklichkeit sehr weitgehend der Sinn in das Leben hineinprojiziert wird. Dies kann nur geschehen, wenn und in dem Maß wie ein Mensch imstande ist, in sich selbst Sinn zu finden, den er dann nach außen projizieren kann. Bruno Bettelheim (1903-1990) österreichisch-US-amerikanischer Psychoanalytiker, Kinderpsychologe, KZ-Überlebender, umstrittener Forscher und Autor, Aufstand gegen die Masse, S. 45, Fischer, Frankfurt, 4. Auflage Januar 1980

 

Schlussfolgernde Frage

  • Wer sein eigenes Leben als sinnlos empfindet, der ist nicht nur unglücklich, sondern auch kaum lebensfähig. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) deutsch-schweizstämmiger US-amerikanischer theoretischer Physiker, Entwickler der Allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie, Physik-Nobelpreisträger, 1921

 

Schlussfolgerung

  • Wir verlangen, das Leben müsse einen Sinn haben – aber es hat nur genau so viel Sinn, als wir selber ihm zu geben imstande sind. Weil der Einzelne das nur unvollkommen vermag, hat man in den Religionen und Philosophien versucht, die Frage tröstend zu beantworten. Diese Antworten laufen alle auf das Gleiche hinaus: den Sinn erhält das Leben einzig durch die Liebe. Das heißt: je mehr wir zu lieben und uns hinzugeben fähig sind, desto sinnvoller wird unser Leben. Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) deutsch-schweizerischer Dichter, Schriftsteller, Nobelpreisträger für Literatur, 1946, Ausgewählte Briefe,  Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt, 8. Auflage 1. Oktober 1974

 

Empfehlungen

  • Und habt ihr nicht mich vernommen, sondern den SINN, so ist es weise im gleichen Sinn zu sagen: Eins ist alles. Heraklit von Ephesos (535/520-475/460 v. Chr.) vorsokratischer altgriechischer Philosoph, Kritiker der oberflächlichen Realitätswahrnehmung und Lebensart, Fragmente, Fragment B50, H. Diels und W. Kranz, Berlin 1903

 

Einsichten

  • Unter allen Patienten der Lebensmitte, das heißt jenseits 35, ist nicht ein einziger, dessen endgültiges Problem nicht das der religiösen Einstellung wäre. Ja, jeder krankt in letzter Linie daran, dass er das verloren hat […], und keiner ist wirklich geheilt, der seine religiöse Einstellung nicht wieder erreicht, was mit Konfession oder Zugehörigkeit zu einer Kirche natürlich nichts zu tun hat. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Schweizer Psychiater, Psychoanalytiker, Gründer einer neuen Schule der analytischen Tiefenpsychologie

 


"Die fünf Sinne", Tastsinn, Hören, Sehen, Riechen, Schmecken, 1872-1879
Gemälde des deutschen Malers Hans Makart (1840-1884) österreichischer Maler

 

  • Die Frage nach dem Sinn des Lebens kann heute nur noch subjektiv beantwortet werden: Welchen Sinn sehe ich in meinem Leben. Der Grund dafür ist einfach. Sinn ist keine Eigenschaft der Welt oder der Natur, sondern eine typisch menschliche Konstruktion. "Sinn" ist ein Bedürfnis und eine Idee unserer Wirbeltiergehirne. So gesehen kann es nicht darum gehen, einen Sinn in der Welt zu finden, sondern wir müssen ihn uns geben. Richard David Precht (*1964) deutscher Philosoph, Dozent, Fernsehmoderator, Publizist, Wer bin ich. Und wenn ja, wieviele? Eine philosophische Reise, S. 374, Goldmann Verlag, 24. Auflage September 2007

 

  • Leadership ist die Fähigkeit, Sinn zu stiften. Leadership ist die Aufgabe, das System lebendig zu halten. Ich glaube, dass Führungskräfte in Zukunft Sinnstifter sind und Vernetzer. Sie bringen die Sinnstiftung ins System. Videointerview mit Prof. Dr. Peter Kruse (1955-2015) deutscher Honorarprofessor für Allgemeine und Organisationspsychologie, Universität Bremen, Psychologe, Netzwerkforscher zur Komplexitätsverarbeitung in intelligenten Netzwerken und kohärenter Musterbildung, Geschäftsführer von Nextpractice, Unternehmensberater, Sinnstiftende Führung, Vimeo Video, 1:56 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt von Lohas Scout 8. Januar 2012

 

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Sinndarstellung vs. Stinnstiftung

Neuere Einsicht von Professor Kruse

  • Sinn ist nicht etwas, was gestiftet wird, Sinn ist etwas, was ich empfinde. Sinn ist etwas, was ich dem System gebe, nicht das System mir. Es wird eine große Frage sein, ob wir die Abstimmungsprozesse zwischen dem Sinnempfinden des einen und dem Sinnleben des anderen hinbekommen. [...] In Netzwerken gibt es nur eine einzige Form der Authentizität, das heißt, einen klaren Geruch auszuströmen. Die Menschen, die dazu passen, finden sich. [...] Wir sind keine Sinnstifter, wir sind nur Sinndarsteller. [...]
    Ich glaube eins zeichnet den Menschen aus: je höher das Gefährdungspotential, desto mehr geht er der Frage der individuellen Sinnfindung nach. [...] Wir werden in einen [gesellschaftlichen] Diskurs eintreten, der mit viel mehr Gleichberechtigung geführt werden wird [als bis dato].  [...] Wenn wir das in einem gewissen Sinn schonungslos [im Hinblick auf die Führungsriege] tun, dann haben wir als Kultur eine Chance. Video Fragenbeantwortung zu den Ergebnissen der Studie "Wertewelt Gute Führung" (Forum Gute Führung) von Prof. Dr. Peter Kruse (1955-2015) deutscher Honorarprofessor für Allgemeine und Organisationspsychologie, Universität Bremen, Psychologe, Netzwerkforscher zur Komplexitätsverarbeitung in intelligenten Netzwerken und kohärenter Musterbildung, Geschäftsführer von Nextpractice, Unternehmensberater, Peter Kruse, Fragen & Antworten auf der Zukunft Personal, veranstaltet von Messe Zukunft Personal, 18. September 2013, YouTube Film, Minute 15:01 und Minute 19:39, 24:46 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt 19. September 2013

 


Wiese mit Pferden in der Bauerschaft Leusteb
bei Sonnenaufgang in Dülmen, 2013
  • Der zeitliche Abstand […] lässt den wahren Sinn, der in einer Sache liegt, erst voll herauskommen. Die Ausschöpfung des wahren Sinnes aber, der in einem Text oder einer künstlerischen Schöpfung gelegen ist, kommt nicht irgendwo zum Abschluss, sondern ist in Wahrheit ein unendlicher Prozess. Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) deutscher Philosoph, Wahrheit und Methode, universale Hermeneutik, S. 282, Tübingen, 1960

 

  • Die Sinnantwort wird nicht durch die letzten Dinge gegeben, sondern durch die nächsten. Viele Menschen warten zeitlebens auf den großen Augenblick, der ihrem Leben einen akzeptablen Sinn gibt. Die meisten warten vergebens und sterben – ihrer Meinung nach –, ohne dass ihr Leben einen bemerkenswerten Sinn gehabt hätte.
    Die Erfahrung des leeren Lebens, das «eigentlich» nicht wert war, gelebt zu werden, macht nicht selten das aus, was man Mittlebens- oder Endlebenskrise nennt. Rupert Lay (*1929) deutscher Philosoph, Theologe, Unternehmensberater, Psychotherapeut, Vom Sinn des Lebens, S. 115, Ullstein Verlag, Frankfurt/M, Berlin, 1990

 

  • Der östliche Weg führt in und durch die Stille. Stille meint hier nicht nur Schweigen, sondern Absichtslosigkeit. Das bedeutet: Ich lasse micht auf ein Geschehen ein, mit dem ich nichts bezwecken möchte. Rein vom Äußeren her gesehen, erscheint und ist dies nutzlos […]. Absichtslosigkeit steht dem Zweckdenken diametral entgegen. Die Haltung des gewohnten "um zu ...", des "damit ..." hat wesentlich zur Sinnentleerung unserer westlichen Industriegesellschaft beigetragen. Sie übersieht, dass die Wesen in sich einen Wert darstellen und nicht einen Zweck für andere zu erfüllen haben. Pater Guido Kreppold OFMCap., deutscher Diplompsychologe, Theologe, Franziskanisches Zentrum Augsburg, Wege aus der Sinnkrise, S. 7, 2003

General quotes

Personal avowals

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Note:

A spirit adverse Freudian, Bettelheim had survived the Nazi death camps in Buchenwald and Dachau. Contrary to his teachings he committed suicide at age 86.

 

  • I thought about becoming a minister, not because I was a religious person, other than having an inexaustible awe and reverence for nature, but because I thought it might give me more of a purpose in life. I flirted with the idea for a while, but in the end it never developed sufficient force to make me want to do it […]. I became a roving ambassador for the agency, preaching a different kind of religion: that above all, the world owes its children a decent life. Marlon Brando (1924-2004) US American activist, film director, actor, author, Robert Lindsey, US American co-author, autobiography Songs My Mother Taught Me, S. 230-233, Random House, New York, 1994; cited in: The Religious Affiliation of Marlon Brando, great American actor, presented by Adherents.com, ~2013

 


Cornflower field in summer, Hamois, Belgium

Recommendations

  • If you want to find your true purpose in life, know this for certain: Your purpose will only be found in service to others, and in being connected to something far greater than your body/mind/ego. Dr. Wayne Dyer (1940-2015) US American self-help advocate, spiritual lecturer, author, Facebook entry, 17. January 2011

 

  • The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
    The work of life is to develop it.
    The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
    David S. Viscott (1938-1996) US American professor of psychiatry, pioneering radio talk show host, businessman, author, Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times. A Book of Meditations, 1993

 

Appeal

  • Creativity is divine: the virgin soul opens to spirit and conceives the divine child.
    We cannot live without it. It is the meaning of life, this creative fire.
Marion Woodman (*1928) Canadian Jungian analyst, women's movement figure, mythopoetic author, Jill Mellick, co-author, Coming Home to Myself. Reflections for Nurturing a Woman's Body and Soul. Daily Reflections for a Woman's Body and Soul, Conari Press, 1. May 1998, revised 31. May 2001

 

 

Insight

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Falsely attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • The purpose of life is not to be happy. The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make some difference that you lived at all. Happiness, in the ancient, noble sense, means self-fulfillment – and is given to those who use to the fullest whatever talents God or luck or fate bestowed upon them. Essay by Leo Rosten (1908-1997) Polish-born American humorist in the fields of Yiddish lexicography, scriptwriting, storywriting, journalism, Words To Live By: The Real Reason For Being Alive, presented by newspaper The Sunday Star (Evening Star), section "This Week Magazine" [Sunday newspaper supplement], S. 2, 20. January 1963
  • I also understood that I had a purpose, but I wouldn't have to work hard at figuring out my purpose.I just had to go and be myself and allow it and live life with abandon and the purpose would unfold before me. I just would have to allow it. not pursue it, but allow it. Anita Moorjani, Indian-Singaporian neardeather, spontaneously healed from terminal cancer, speaker, author; cited in: video interview Near Death Experience clears in 4 days, grade 4B lymphoma cancer‬, presented by Web TV juicylivingtour, host Lilou Macé, YouTube film, 46:40 minutes duration, posted 16. August 2011

 

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Sense vs. nonsense; right and wrong

  • The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • As soon as you look at the world through an ideology you are finished. No reality fits an ideology. Life is beyond that. That is why people are always searching for a meaning to life. […] Meaning is only found when you go beyond meaning. Life only makes sense when you perceive it as mystery and it makes no sense to the conceptualizing mind. Anthony de Mello SJ (1931-1987) Indian Catholic Jesuit priest, psychotherapist, spiritual leader, author, source unknown

 


Vierwaldstättersee, Schweiz
  • The emotions that promote the meaningful life are organized to an interest in the welfare of others. Compassion shifts the mind in ways that increase the likelihood of taking pleasure in the improved welfare of others. Awe shifts the very contents of our self-definition, away from the emphasis of personal desires and preferences and toward that which connects us to others. Neurochemicals (oxytocin) and regions of the nervous system related to these emotions promote trust and long-term devotion. We have been designed to care about things other than the gratification of desire and the maximizing of self-interest. Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., US American professor of psychology, University of California, Berkeley, director of the Greater Good Science Center, author, Born to Be Good. The Science of a Meaningful Life, S. 71, W.W. Norton & Co., 12. January 2009

 

  • A transition from material want to meaning want is in progress on an historically unprecedented scale – involving hundreds of millions of people – and may eventually be recognized as the principle cultural development of our age. Gregg Easterbrook (*1953) US American lecturer, senior editor of The New Republic writer, The Progress Paradox. How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, S. 317, Random House, 2003

 

  • The meaning of life is to give life meaning. Ken Hudgins, US American author

 

  • Find out who you are. And do it on purpose. Dolly Parton (*1946) US American country singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, philanthropist, author

 

  • The Meaning of Life is to give Life Meaning. Album "01011001" von Ayreon

 

Literary quotes

  • A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-2007) influential US American writer of the 20th century, Hugo Award-nominated novel The Sirens of Titan, Delacorte hardcover, Dell paperback, 1959

Quotes by Viktor Frankl

Personal avowal / insight

  • We who lived, in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, Man's Search For Meaning, 1956/1959, Pocket, updated revised edition 1. December 1997

 

Recommendations

  • Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapyy, author, source unknown

 

  • We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed. For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at its best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph, to turn one's predicament into a human achievement. When we are no longer able to change a situation – just think of an incurable disease such as inoperable cancer – we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

  • Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

Appeal

  • I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, Man's Search For Meaning, S. 209-210, 1956/1959, Pocket, updated revised edition 1. December 1997
  1. Life has meaning under all circumstances.
  2. Everyone has a will toward meaning.
  3. Human beings have freedom of choice, over attitudes, even if over nothing else.
Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, edited by Joseph Fabry, et. al., Logotherapy in Action, S. 33, Institute Logotherapy Press, June 1979

 

  • People have enough to live by but nothing to live for: they have the means but no meaning. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, Basic Books, Pocket, updated revised edition 1. December 1997, paperback, 1st edition July 2000
    • Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

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Busting the happiness myth

Pursuit of happiness is futile.

  • Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning. An Introduction to Logotherapy, 1956, earlier title From Death-Camp to Existentialism, 1959, [Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager, Verlag für Jugend und Volk, Vienna, Austria, 1946], Beacon Press, United States, 1959, Washington Square Press, New York, 1963, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1975, republished 1997, Basic Books, paperback, 1st edition July 2000

 

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Space of personal power

  • Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning. An Introduction to Logotherapy [Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager, Verlag für Jugend und Volk, Vienna, Austria, 1946], first title ''From Death-Camp to Existentialism, 1956, Beacon Press, United States, 1959, Washington Square Press, New York, 1963, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1975, updated revised edition 1. December 1997, 1st paperback edition July 2000

 

  • If a prisoner felt that he could no longer endure the realities of camp life, he found a way out in his mental life – an invaluable opportunity to dwell in the spiritual domain, the one that the SS were unable to destroy. Spiritual life strengthened the prisoner, helped him adapt, and thereby improved his chances of survival. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

  • Love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which [we] can aspire. [He] who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss in the contemplation of his beloved.
    Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, Basic Books, Pocket, updated revised edition 1. December 1997, paperback, 1st edition July 2000

 

  • Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

  • For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

  • A human being is a deciding being. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

  • Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

  • Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

  • Fear may come true of that which one is afraid of. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapyy, author, source unknown

 

  • Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapyy, author, source unknown

 

  • The last of human freedoms is the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

  • What is to give light must endure burning. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, source unknown

 

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Paradox

  • An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, neurologist, Nazi death camp survivor, meaning researcher, founder of logotherapy, author, Man's Search For Meaning, 1956/1959, Pocket, updated revised edition 1. December 1997

Quotes by David R. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

 

Englische Texte – English section on Meaningfulness and purpose

Shifting from ambition to meaning and purpose

The phenomenon called "quantum moment" or "peak experience" is an epiphany, a life changing deep insight.
The US American transpersonal psychologist and happiness researcher Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) found four characteristics of peak experiences:

They are very vivid, come as a surprise, are benevolent (feel good) and enduring (permanent).

 

  • [A peak experience is] "a moment in which you feel different, moved emotionally […] responding to what would otherwise be an ordinary situation, but you respond instead in an extraordinary way […] increasing your ability to perceive and process information vital to you and your purpose in being here. William R. Miller, Ph.D., US American professor of psychology and psychiatry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, author, Anatomy of a Quantum Change, presented by magazine Spirituality & Health, January-February 2005

 

Quantum change: Toward a psychology of transformation
Study results provided by Drs. William R. Miller and Janet C’de Baca, 1994
The Moment That Turns Your Values Upside Down
55 male and female subjects, aged 30-78 years, were surveyed within a duration of 15 years.
52 participants completed all questionnaires each offering fifty different life values that mattered most to them – 
before and after experiencing their moment of quantum change.
A quantum moment ("letting go and letting God") was found to shift one's value system upside down.
 Five top values of W O M E NFive top values of M E N 
༺༻Before
the shift
⇒★⇐After
the shift
Before
the shift
⇒★⇐After
the shift
 Beneficial virtues
Suggested by Lao Tzu
1.Family
Caring for everyone else
⇒★⇐Personal growthWealth
Materialism
⇒★⇐SpiritualityReverence for all life
Respect
2.Sense of independence
Individuation
⇒★⇐Self-esteem
Dignity
Adventuresomeness
Dopamine
⇒★⇐Personal peace
Stress reduction
Sincerity
Honesty
3.Career
Self-actualization
⇒★⇐SpiritualityAchievement
Somebodiness
⇒★⇐Family
Bonding
Gentleness
Kindness
4.Fitting in
Submission
⇒★⇐HappinessSense of pleasure
Dopamine
⇒★⇐God’s Will
Sense of purpose
Supportiveness
Service to others
5.Attractiveness
Sex appeal
⇒★⇐Generosity
Forgiving/releasing
Be respected
Social status
⇒★⇐Honesty
Accountability
 

 

★ Programmed women were exposed to an internal conflict between their societal roles and finding self-identity.
★ Programmed men, brought up to be an achiever and provider, were ambitious to make money and have fun.

 

An experience – that shifts one from the external and fleeting values to the internal and eternal values

► diminishes the outward bound drivenness,
► slows one's pace down and
► allows for things to emerge naturally.

 

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A happy wife, not a full bank account, makes for a transformed husband.

Re Items 1 and 4: A great man is a man whose wife is smiling, whose wife is happy, and not a man who's got a lot of money in the bank and whose wife is on Prozac. Shmuley Boteach (*1966) US American Orthodox rabbi, author, marriage counsellor, radio and television host, Respecting Our Women, presented by Big Think, 8. January 2008

 

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Dropping sex appeal in favor of an honest man

Re Item 4: I think the sexual tension sometimes interferes with honesty in the relationship. And when I realized that my relationships with men shifted. Video TV interview with Shirley MacLaine (*1934) US American film and theater actress, singer, dancer, activist, author, TODAY SHOW 4.12.11, presented by US TV program Today Show, host Meredith Vieira (*1953) US American journalist, television personality, YouTube film, minute 1:44, 6:22 minutes duration, aired 12. April 2011

 

References:
William R. Miller, Ph.D., US American professor of psychology and psychiatry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, author, Janet C’de Baca, Ph.D., US American psychologist, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, author, study Quantum change: Toward a psychology of transformation, 1994
William R. Miller, Ph.D., US American emeritus distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, author, Janet C’de Baca, Ph.D., US American psychologist, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, author, Quantum Change. When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives, Guilford Publication, May 2001
► Video presentation by Dr. Wayne Dyer (*1940) US American self-help advocate, spiritual lecturer, bestselling author, The Moment That Turns Your Values Upside Down, excerpted from the US American DVD movie "The Shift. From Ambition to Meaning. Finding Your Life's Purpose'', 5. January 2009, YouTube film, 5:57 minutes duration, posted 4. July 2012
See also:
► Tables 1 and 2: Value shifts after an an epiphany (quantum change)
Results of long-term value study – Paul Ray (1986-1999)
Phases of integrating a neardeath experience – Mellen-Thomas Benedict
Information Age ⇒ Conceptual Age ⇒ Changing expressions of creativity – Daniel Pink
Building conscience
Transgenderism / Men's movement – Warren Farrell
Empirical study on the shifting of the roles of men and women – Germany 2009
Three mating drives Helen Fisher ∞ Three types of integration of Yin and Yang Lao Tzu
Three styles of relationship and intimacy – David Deida

Five essential recommendations

After having interviewed 235 people who "had found happiness and meaning" from age 59 to 105 Dr. John B. Izzo and his colleagues had found five adages reinforced by these elders.

  1. Be true to your Self. [Find your heart's desire.]
  2. Live with no regrets. [Practice acceptance].
  3. Become love. [Love is a choice, a way of being.]
  4. Live [enjoy] the moment.
  5. Give more than you take.

 

Source: ► Dr. John B. Izzo, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1. January 2008

Integrative thinking – Daniel Pink

Integrative Thinking is the marriage of the left and the right brain.
Thinking outside the box seems hard in a surrounding where most people think, in fact, dwell inside the box.

 


Right-brained qualities and expressions
In his book A Whole New Mind. Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (Riverhead Trade, March 2006)
Daniel Pink depicts six right brain aptitudes that may enhance life, learning and careers:
Design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning.
༺༻Quality
Expression
LegendSource
1.DesignSuperseding function(ionality) to engage in patterns and senses.
Design is a whole-minded skill, engineering and aesthetics.
Minute 26:17
2.StoryConveying ideas and promoting products and services works better by narratives, not just by arguments. Facts are less valuable since anyone can google them on the Internet. Commercials and movies tell stories, give series of episodes, which deliver facts with impact. Story is more effective because that is how humans operate. Communication counts, saying things well is a valued skill.Minute 36:31
3.SymphonyAbility to see the big picture thinking (not just detail focus), adding invention (creativity). Seeing the big picture, filtering out meaningful currents from the host of information, combining two things into something new. The challenge is to team-teaching and to unleash and see the practicality of multi- and interdisciplinary approaches that combine e.g. biology and philosophy. Abstract abilities, like literacy or numeracy, become feasible given the proper environment, context, setting.Minute 45:40
4.EmpathySuperseding logic and engaging in feeling and intuition. 
5.PlayBringing humor and light-heartedness to work, business and products. 
6.MeaningContext, significance, immaterial abstract feelings and values and impact of situations, people and products. 
Source: ► Audio interview with Daniel Pink danpink.com (*1964) US American motivational speaker, chief speech writer of
US vice president Al Gore (1995-1997), visionary author, How Half Your Brain Can Save Your Job, presented by
The Library of Economics and Liberty ECONTALK, MP3, host Russ Roberts, 1:07:13 duration, aired 11. June 2007
See also: ► Denken – Thinking and ► Märchen – Fairy tales and ► Empathie – Empathy and ► Bedeutung – Meaning and ► Integration

 

Links zum Thema Sinnfindung / Sense of meaning and purpose

Literatur

Literature (engl.)

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Audio- und Videolinks

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  • Video interview with Father Rick Warren (*1954) US American evangelical Christian minister, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California, philanthropist, bestseller author, A Purpose Driven Life, presented by Big Think, 5:21 minutes duration, posted 4. February 2008   Link deleted
  • Video presentation by Father Rick Warren (*1954) US American evangelical Christian minister, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California, philanthropist, bestseller author, Living a life of purpose, presented by TED Talks, 2006, YouTube film, 21:48 minutes duration, posted 15. April 2008

Success of his book The Purpose-Driven Life triggered his own crisis of purpose
Stewardship of influence and the stewardship of affluence.

 

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