Translator's Note




This is a genuine textbook for living. It is a textbook for the 're-humanizing of medical, psychological, educational and sociological trends', for preparing and reorienting humans to meet life. It is based on the direct discipline and the first hand experiences by the founder of logotherapy, Viktor E. Frankl, MD. Dr. Elisabeth Lukas, his premier student and author of this work followed closely in his footsteps. In addition it is supported by more than 25 years of learning, researching, practicing, developing and teaching and experiencing logotherapeutic work by the author. This book attempts to articulate the principles and processes within human beings in a practical way, which when deliberately reflected upon, generates far-reaching and long-lasting results.

Since logotherapy represents a fresh and different approach to psychotherapy, it is important to understand it from its ontological perspective. In order to fully appreciate logotherapy therefore, since its view of human beings and view of the world is different from the common perception, one should be sufficiently receptive to its principles long enough to allow its effects to become evident.

In this present work by Dr. Elisabeth Lukas you will get a clear understanding of the human being, its characteristics, its processes, and discover how your decisions affect your life and how to deal with yourself. You will also likely discover common difficulties and ways of dealing with them. You will learn to understand, to differentiate various types of neurosis, how they affect the being dimensions in humans and methods to effectively reduce human suffering. Finally, you will learn what is desirable for good relationships from logotherapy's view.

Understanding logotherapeutic principles will assist the reader in deciding more appropriately; embracing it is a singularly meaningful task; processing it will have extraordinary effects.

For this reason the book is translated in its entirety and quite literally in order to preserve and present its intent as clearly as possible from its native language (German) into English. To comprehend it and all of its implications fully, repeated probing and investigation is necessary.