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Having been mentored by Viktor E. Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, Emeritus Professor David Guttmann authored this book so general readers may understand this approach to finding meaning in life at the point when most of us begin deeply wondering over that question, at midlife and beyond. Especially in this day and age of multiple demands on our time and seemingly non-stop obligations, we too often find that it is only when the dust settles, after a work day or work week, or even after retirement, when we begin to wonder: What is the meaning of life? The purpose? This book is a new millennium venture into those questions and their answers using logotherapy, written by a sage understudy who recalls Frankl, with his logotherapy, as the epitome of his theory even at 80 years old, wise and witty, exuding an energy, enthusiasm and youthful spirit that belied his years by decades. Aging does not diminish our power, our energy, and our quest for life, but reshapes it with new understandings, goals, and needs. But, says Guttmann, we live in a technical and machine-based world now, in which there is a danger of losing our souls. Here, readers find a new, creative perspective on aging and a fresh spiritual outlook.
This book will be of interest not only to general readers, especially those at midlife and beyond, but also to their families, friends, and students or professionals in the helping professions. This unique work provides knowledge to find meaning in life derived from the fields of philosophy, psychology, religion and gerontology, with case illustrations and vignettes to give readers both intellectual pleasure and practical guidance.
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Introduces general readers interested in successful aging to logotherapy, the classic theory and therapy intended to help us discover meaning in life as the most important human quest.About the Author:
David Guttmann is Emeritus Professor and former Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa in Israel. An internationally known expert on logotherapy, and personal friend of the late Viktor E. Frankl - the famed founder of logotherapy - author Guttman received the Grand Award for lifetime achievement in logotherapy from the Viktor Frankl Foundation and the City of Vienna in 2003. In other roles that helped fuel the issues raised in this book, he served as Presidential appointee to the White House Conference on Aging, Founding Member of the Southern Gerontological Society of America, Academic Advisor to the Golda Meir International Training Center in Community Development, and Director at the Center for the Study of Aging at the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University of America. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 12 earlier books.
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