The Sure Word for Today's quotation for the week:
God Is My Praise.
Types of Mental Health Therapy — Part 3.
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
Jeremiah 17:14 (KJV).
The third type of mental health therapy on our list is Existential Therapy. Existential treatment is a form of psychotherapy that addresses inner conflict and concerns about life in general. It is helpful for anyone with existential crises - such as fear of time passing - because it helps you confront your anxieties about life and teaches you to deal with life's problems.
Existential crises, also known as existential dread, are moments when people question whether their lives have meaning, purpose, or value. As such, they are negatively impacted by their contemplation. Significant events in a person's life like marriage, marriage conflict, psychological trauma, consequential loss, separation, the death of a loved one, a life-threatening experience, a new love partner, psychoactive drug use, adult children leaving home, reaching a personally significant age (like turning 18, turning 40, etc.) Can cause an existential crisis. Usually, the contemplation provokes the sufferer's introspection about personal mortality, thus revealing the psychological repression of said awareness. Existential crises can be similar to anxiety and depression.
In existentialist philosophy, the term 'existential crisis' specifically relates to the crisis of the individual when they become aware that they must always define their own lives through the choices they make. The existential crisis occurs when one recognises that even the decision to either refrain from action or withhold consent to a specific choice is, in itself, a choice. In other words, humankind is "condemned" to freedom.
Existential Therapy or existential psychotherapy is based on some of the main ideas behind existentialism as a philosophy, including:
- We are responsible for our own choices.
- We are all unique individuals due to our choices, and we are continually remaking ourselves through these choices.
- We make our own meaning in life.
- Anxiety is a natural feature of human life.
- We must come to terms with this anxiety to live authentically.
Existential Therapy aims to help you face these issues and to accept the freedom of choice you have. Through honest self-examination, existential Therapy helps you to find meaning in your life.
According to existential thought, you must explore within yourself to find meaning, assert your values, and make decisions that shape your life.
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