This is a genuine textbook for living and for the 're-humanizing of medical, psychological, educational and sociological trends' and for prepring and re-orienting humans to meet life. It is based on the principles and first hand experiences outlined by the founder of logotherapy, Dr. Viktor E. Frankl. The author of this work, Dr. Elisabeth Lukas, based this information on 25 years of learning, researching, practicing, developing and teaching logo-therapeutic work.
This book attempts to articulate the principles and processes within human beings in a practical way, specifically the function of the noetic dimension with a view to generating far-reaching and long-lasting results. As such, it can be said that logotherapy is a life-training course toward self-accountability. For this and other reasons, the book is translated literally and in its entirety in order to preserve and present its intent as clearly as possible from its original language (German) into English.
'In the first major section Dr. Lukas explains clearly what qualities are specifically human. In the second section, “Dialogue Forms in Logotherapy,” she shows the respect for words and word meanings that has always been associated with Dr. Frankl and Dr. Lukas. The third section is Dr. Lukas at her best, that is, as a world-class counselor sharing her treatment methods. Her creative, compassionate spirit is evident. So are her surprising techniques.
Theodor Brugger has worked hard to be faithful to Dr. Lukas’s thoughts, even to her words. He has worked just as hard to make the translation clear to the English readers. Logotherapy is about making meaningful achievements in the face of difficulties. Mr. Brugger’s translation is, in itself, a remarkable achievement. We will use LOGOTHERAPY: A Textbook, with gratitude at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, in our Intermediate Logotherapy classes and in our Advanced Class. It represents an addition of the first order to the English literature in logotherapy now available because it is highly useful to practitioners who want to give the most effective treatment, based on a sound view of human beings.'
Dr. Paul Welter, Diplomate in Logotherapy
'I think that English speaking logotherapists will have much interest in reading Dr. Lukas' textbook. They will find that it is true to her many presentations at the World Congress of Logotherapy and other professional forums.Thank you for the opportunity to have access to this important book.' Robert Hutzell, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist and Editor of International Forum for Logotherapy