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

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow. Dorothy Thompson

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