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Existential analysis

emphasizes the subjective and spiritual dimensions of human existence

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life-changing psychotherapy

the effort to help clients examine how they have answered life's existential questions and to invite them to revise their answers so they can live more authentically

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existential tradition

seeks a balance between recognizing the limits and tragic dimensions of human existence on one hand and the possibilities and opportunities of human life on the other hand

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inauthenticity

although we long for freedom we often try to excape from our freedom by defining ourselves as a fixed or static entity

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freedom

implies that we are responsible for our lives, for our actions, and for our failures to take action

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existential guilt

being aware of having evaded a commitment, or having chosen not to choose

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authenticity

implies that we are living by being true to our own evaluation of what is a valuable existence for ourselves; the courage to be who we are

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existential neurosis

the experience of meaninglessness

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existential vacuum

a condition of emptiness and hollowness

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logotherapy

designed to help clients find meaning in life

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existential anxiety

the unavoidable result of being confronted with the "givens of existence" (death, freedom, choice, isolation, and meaninglessness)

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normal anxiety

an appropriate response to an event being faced

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neurotic anxiety

anxiety about concrete things that is out of proportion to the situation

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restricted existence

a limited awareness on oneself and a vagueness about nature of problems