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Being in the world. Attempting to attain high levels of consciousness and uniqueness by examining and caring for oneself, others and the world.
Refers to conventional thinking or going through the motions.
Dealing with the world by conforming to conventional ways of acting and thinking.
A state in which we depend on awareness of ourselves and our assertion of ourselves through choices and decisions. Transcend.
Refers to knowing the world through observation and experiment. Attained through self-awareness and communications with others.
Condemned to be free. No matter what a person has been, he can choose to be different.
Concerned with how individuals relate to their objective world, other humans and their own sense of self. Importance of time, particularly the present. Themes of living, dying, choice, responsibility etc.
Results from having to make choices in a world that may be perceived as hostile and uncaring.
the person who is responsible for his existence choosing.
A precondition for solving the patient's problems. Understanding that "I am the being who can know himself as the subject of what is occurring."
The biological world that we inhabit. Includes drives, instincts and natural laws. 1st of four ways of being.
Concerns the area of human relationships. 2nd of four ways of being.
Refers to the relationship that individuals have to themselves. The inner experience of self-awareness. 3rd of four ways of being.
Refers to one's relationship with spiritual or religious values. The ideal world for the individual. 4th of four ways of being.
Greek, refering to the critical point at which a disease is expected to get better or worse.
3 features: It is appropriate to the situation, it is not normally repressed and provides an opportunity to confront existential dilemmas.
A reaction that is blown out of proportion or inappropriate for the particular event. To treat, patients must develop awareness of the issues underlying the anxiety. Being less concerned with Umwelt and more with Eignwelt.
An urgent experience that forces a person to deal with an existential situation. Forces a person to live in the present and become more aware of oneself. Provides deeper meaning for individual.
Refers to owning one's own choices and dealing honestly with freedom.
Refers to distance from others - geographical, psychological or social.
Occurs when one separates parts of oneself by using defense mechanisms of other method to be unaware of one's own wishes.
Refers to being separate from the world.
Relationship in which two people fully understand each other. Need free. Caring is reciprocal.
A sense of connection develops when two people experience a moment in the same way. Creates existential connectedness.
Provides a way of interpreting events and furnishes a means for the development of values as to how people live and wish to live.
The existential nature of humans to transcend their immediate situation and their self-interest to strive toward something above themselves. Use of creativity and imagination. Transcendence is the only way to become your true self.
The goal of existential therapy. The values and goals must be their own. Individual has genuine awareness of herself and copes with existential questions/crises by experiencing them directly and acting on them.
Stage 1 of Existential Awareness
Innocence and openness to experience (infants).
Stage 2 of Existential Awareness
Reacting to values of the world around them, specifically parents (toddlers).
Stage 3 of Existential Awareness
The consciousness of oneself as an individual (children, adolescents).
Stage 4 of Existential Awareness
Transcendent consciousness. Individuals standing outside themselves, being aware of the world and how they relate to it (adulthood).
A mode of existence. Openings to understanding the dreamer's being. Importance is placed on the patient's experience rather than the therapist's interpretation.
A special form of I-thou between the client and the therapist. Therapist forms a genuine caring for the client.
Occurs when the client does not take responsibility, is alienated, not aware of feelings or is inauthentic in dealing with life.
An opportunity for change, to step away from the problem and confront oneself.
Achieved through three processes: wishing, willing and deciding.
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