Viktor Frankl’s contributions to the meaning of life and in the contemporary temporality

Daniel Fortunato Burgese and Daniela Ceron-Litvoc

Daniel Fortunato Burgese and Daniela Ceron-Litvoc

Viktor Frankl’s contributions to the meaning of life and in the contemporary temporality

From the mid-nineteenth century, with the advent of new technologies unprecedented, man begins to experience a significant change in the perception of another time and space. The acceleration time promoted by these new technologies do not allow the exercise of affection for the consolidation of ties, relations assume narcissists hues seeking immediate gratification, the other is understood as a continuity of the self in pursuit of pleasure. Viktor Emil Frankl (1905-1997) assumes that the main motivating source of the human being is the search for meaning, something against which one lives. Pathological phenomena such as depression, anxiety and substance dependencies in general, cannot be understood and processed without the recognition of the underlying them existential vacuum. The psychic structure opposite the new phenomena not restructures, which loses its ability to expand it’s temporalize and spatiality becomes pathological. This postmodern inability to retain the past, analyze the information received and reflection are the one responsible for mental illness in society today. The temporality plays a crucial role in understanding the resilience should be the trademarks of temporality in healthy individuals nowadays.

Keywords: Perception of time; Psychological resilience; Psychological processes and phenomena; Personal space; Spatiotemporal analysis.

Source: Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea, 2015;4(2):36-57.

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