Logotherapy and Existential Analysis: The Theory and Therapy of Dr. Viktor E. Frankl
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This educational archive is compiled by Marshall H. Lewis, Ph.D., a faculty member at the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.
Site created 25 May 2013
Last updated 2 February 2014

Table of Contents
The Definition of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
The Theory of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
The History of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
The Practice of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
The Evidence Base for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
The Future of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
Resources


The Definition of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
Comprehensive Definition by the Viktor Frankl Institut-Vienna
Logotherapy as described by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy
Logotherapy and Existential Analysis: A Glossary of English Terms. January 2014 Edition.
My definitions of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis:

The Theory of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
Nature of the Human Person
Frankl's Laws of Dimensional Ontology
The Existential Vacuum
The Categorical Values
Frankl's Phenomenological Assumptions and the Will to Meaning
The Spiritual Unconscious
Kimble, M.A. and Ellor, J.W. (2000). Logotherapy: An Overview. Reprinted from Viktor Frankl's Contribution to Spirituality and Aging. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.
Lewis, M.H. (2011). Defiant Power: An Overview of Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. Ulysses, KS: Defiant Power Solutions.

Illustrations

The History of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
The Philosophical Background of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
Logotherapy and Viennese Psychiatry
Frankl's Answer to Jung
Logotherapy and American Psychology
Lecture comparing and contrasting Logotherapy to American Positive Psychology (m4a)

The Practice of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
Indications for Clinical Use
Introduction to Contemporary Clinical Indicators in Logotherapy
Best Practice Guidlelines (unofficial)
Assessment of Personal Meaning
Lecture on Frankl's Historic Diagnostic Categories and Indications for Clinical Use (m4a)
Historical Note: Frankl's Diagnostic Categories
Techniques for Clinical Use
Introduction to Techniques in Logotherapy
Lecture on Primary Techniques (mp3)
Lecture on Ancillary Techniques (m4a)
From Psychopathology to Pneumopathology by Dr. Stephen J. Costello
A good tool for Special Existential Analysis is:
Hutzell, Robert R. and Eggert, Mary D. (1989, 1995, 2009). A Workbook to Increase Your Meaningful and Purposeful Goals (2009 PDF Edition).

The Evidence Base of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

The abstracts of over 600 empirical studies attesting to the validity and efficacy of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis are available in: Batthyany, Alexander and Guttman, David (2006) in collaboration with PsychINFO, a department of the American Psychological Association. (1887-present, APA). Empirical Research on Logotherapy and Meaning-oriented Psychotherapy. Phoenix: Zeig, Tucker and Theisen, Inc.
Amazon link

Dr. Alexander BatthyŠny has kindly given permission to share his recent keynote address in Dallas entitled The Cognitive Neurosciences and Logotherapy: New Experimental Findings and Their Implications.

Logotherapy advances an image of the human person that is no longer a philosophical issue, but today has become an empirical question. Logotherapy is able to generate testable hypotheses based on its image of the human person.
In doing so, logotherapy challenges the image of the human person put forward by the contemporary behavioral sciences, namely, that the human person can be reduced to neurophysiology. Empirical evidence for logotherapy's position is presented.
Download the PowerPoint here

Debats, D.L. (1996). Meaning in Life: Clinical relevance and predictive power. British Jounal of Clinical Psychology, 35(4), 503-516.
Abstract: The clinical relevance of the meaning in life construct is examined by evaluating its ability to predict patients' general and psychological well-being and their post-treatment functioning. Evidence is obtained for the notion that meaning in life (a) would affect both positive and negative aspects of well-being, (b) that it would be related to improvement during psychotherapy, and (c) that it would predict the outcome of psychotherapy, independently of patients' pre-treatment levels of well-being. The findings not only support the clinical relevance of the meaning in life concept, but they also favour the construct validity of the Life Regard Index, an instrument that was designed to measure the relevant construct. It is concluded that the neglected meaning in life issue deserves greater therapeutic and scientific consideration. Clinical implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
prepublication pdf

Steger, M.F., Oishi, S., and Kaler, M. (2006). The Meaning in Life Questionnaire: Assessing the presence of and search for meaning in life. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53(1), 80-93.
Abstract: Counseling psychologists often work with clients to increase their well-being as well as to decrease their distress. One important aspect of well-being, highlighted particularly in humanistic theories of the counseling process, is perceived meaning in life. However, poor measurement has hampered research on meaning in life. In 3 studies, evidence is provided for the internal consistency, temporal stability, factor structure, and validity of the Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ), a new 10-item measure of the presence of, and the search for, meaning in life. A multitraitmultimethod matrix demonstrates the convergent and discriminant validity of the MLQ subscales across time and informants, in comparison with 2 other meaning scales. The MLQ offers several improvements over current meaning in life measures, including no item overlap with distress measures, a stable factor structure, better discriminant validity, a briefer format, and the ability to measure the search for meaning.
PDF version
Additional references

The Future of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
The Future of Logotherapy 2014
2nd International Conference on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

Congress Vienna 2012: The Future of Logotherapy
International Conference of Logotherapy Research and Training Institutes.

Lewis, M.H. (2012). Congress Vienna 2012: The Future of Logotherapy. The International Forum for Logotherapy, 35, 124-127. Abilene, Texas: Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.
Extracted from the above article:
Four themes emerged from the Congress that logotherapy must address in the future.

Resources
Canadian Institute of Logotherapy
Defiant Power Solutions
Directory of Institutes and Societies Worldwide
Estudios de Logoterapia: "Identidad-Existencia"
Graduate Theological Foundation Center for Pastoral Logotherapy
The International Forum for Logotherapy: Journal of Search for Meaning
Life Change Therapies (Australia)
LogoTalk Radio with Marshall H. Lewis - the world's premier podcast on logotherapy and existential analysis
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl in PDF
Published Books by Dr. Viktor E. Frankl
Talk Sense Radio - The Meaning Connection with Mary Cimiluca
UK Chapter of Logotherapy
Viktor Frankl Centre - Vienna
Viktor Frankl Center for Logotherapy in Israel
Viktor Frankl Institut - Vienna
Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland
Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy
Viktor Frankl Institute of South Africa
Viktor and I - An Alexander Vesely Film
Wikipedia entry
YouTube playlist of Congress Vienna 2012: The Future of Logotherapy
YouTube playlist of Dr. Jerry Long
YouTube playlist of Dr. Viktor Frankl
Zur Institute online course-Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

Documentary: The Choice is Yours