Franklian Theory

Franklian Philosophy

  • The belief in a healthy core is the basis of Franklian psychotherapy.
  • 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?