*This approach is not new to psychology but one could hardly say that it has an established or secure place in mainstream academic psychology.
* (1) The most defining element of existentialism is the concern with existence,the concern with the person in the human condition.
* (2) Another major aspect in this view is the significance of the individual-this view sees the person as singular, unique, and irreplaceable.
*Related to this is an emphasis on freedom, consciousness, and self reflection.
*Freedom distinguishes human from other animals, freedom also involves responsibility for choices, for action, for being authentic, or for acting in "bad faith" and being inauthentic.
* (3) In addition, there is existential concern with death, for it is here as nowhere else that the individual is alone and completely irreplaceable.
* (4) Finally, there is an emphasis on phenomenology and an understanding of the unique experience of each person rather than in terms of some standardized definition or the confirmation of some hypothesis "Existentialism works at the personal meaning in contrast to general theory"