Man’s Search For #Meaning In #Suffering … #GoodFriday

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 “It is we who impose a sense of meaning on the events of our lives, not the other way around.  And we can draw a sense of purpose and control from the most unusual places.” – Frederic Bartlett

(The following excerpt from Suffering, Meaning, Hope  by Mindy Greenstein, Ph.D., originally appeared on psychologytoday.com and can be viewed in its entirety by clicking on the link below.)

 Existentialist thinkers such as Frankl view suffering as a potential springboard both for having a need for meaning and for finding it. As one breast cancer patient reported in a study by Suzanne Thompson,  “I feel as if I were for the first time really conscious.  My life is framed in a certain amount of time.  I always knew it.  But I can see it, and it’s made better by the knowledge.”  Frankl likes to quote Nietzche’s remark that “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.”

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-flip-side/201112/suffering-meaning-hope

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