The more you try to be persuasive,
the more implausible you are.

Humberto Maturana

Re-integration into life – logotherapeutic approach

“Only that one can let go what he HAS,
who is at home in what he IS.”
(Elisabeth Lukas)

It is deeply rooted in us – even unconsciously – that we want to accomplish something in the world, leave positive marks, something permanent and meaningful using our genetically inherent potential.

By his (mostly daring) decisions, actual deeds and much endurance, every single person can change the world history, even if in the small!  Young people often yearn to strike an extraordinary path which would express the peculiarity in their personality. Young people must fulfil themselves through their positive deeds in this world. Living meaningfully, doing  meaningful things belong to the most fundamental motives of a person.

In his inaugural address of 1994, Nelson Mandela reminds us that our deepest fear is not our darkness, it is our light, that most frightens us. We just need the light power of the spiritual insight to help us get away from the dark heaviness that paves the way for suicide.

Franca, 16, was a “failed existence” (as she called herself after a suicide attempt followed by a stay in a psychiatric hospital). After persistent efforts, her parents managed to find her a “clean” job in an office. Every day she went to work seized with fear, - the fact that this firm was well-known could not comfort her. Her parents' statement “Working life is hard” strengthened her unwillingness to live this way any more. After psychotherapy she changed her profession. “House painter and finisher” - very unfeminine for this young attractive woman. She was taken on at once after her probation period. Now she enjoys her long daily way to work (a distance of nearly 60 minutes) by train. On the way she improves her Italian, as she contacts with many Italian-speaking customers. - When we are inflamed by inspiration, no way is too long.

The findings in natural science prove that the following factors exert a particularly negative influence on our work performance:

Growing fear reduces our abilities.

The stronger the pressure, the poorer are our performance and mental capacities, the more we are hampered in our flexible and creative reaction, we cannot plan or organize things effectively any more.

If we are seized with fear, distress or resentment, our mental mobility stalls.

Extreme conditions of anger, fury as well as sorrow reduce the capabilities of our brain.

Boredom and meaninglessness also decrease our motivation.

Bad-tempered teachers transmit negative mood; additionally, they concentrate more on mistakes. Emotional distress stifles our performance.

Roland, 15 at that time, was a social orphan placed out of home and lagged behind at school. His drug-addicted parents could not take care of him. More than 20 years ago, after a failed suicide attempt he came for a psychotherapy. He was a “dog whisperer” - the work in a pet shelter cured him. He needed not more than a year to restore his interest in studies to get his high school diploma. In the meantime, Roland is a veterinarian, married, has three children with his wife, they all take care of two dogs, a cat, a horse and three guinea pigs.