Franklian Theory

Franklian Philosophy

  • The belief in a healthy core is the basis of Franklian Psychotherapy and,
  • The principle goal is to help the person become aware of the resources of their healthy core and to help them use these resources.
  • Life does not owe you happiness, it offers you meaning.

Basic Concepts of Franklian Psychology

  • Life has meaning under all circumstances,
  • Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life,
  • We have the freedom to find meaning.

Assumptions of Franklian Psychology

  • The human being is an entity consisting of body, mind, and spirit.
  • Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.
  • People have a will to meaning.
  • People have freedom under all circumstances to activate the will to find meaning.
  • Life has a demand quality to which people must respond if decisions are to be meaningful.
  • The individual is unique.

Aims of Franklian Psychotherapy

  • To become aware of spiritual resources,
  • To create conscious spiritual resources,
  • To use the “defiant power of the human spirit” and stand up against adversity.

Franklian Philosophical Questions

  • How do we find meaning?
  • How do we know when suffering is unavoidable and meaningless?
  • How do we find the meaning of the moment in situations of value conflicts?

Meaningful quotes

I think that taking life seriously means something such as this: that whatever man does on this planet has to be done in the lived truth of the terror of creation, of the grotesque, of the rumble of panic underneath everything. Otherwise it is false. Whatever is achieved must be achieved with the full exercise of passion, of vision, of pain, of fear, and of sorrow. How do we know ... that our part of the meaning of the universe might not be a rhythm in sorrow?
Ernest Becker

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