Observing human life and the quest for meaning from a humanistic, existentialist perspective, the present book endeavours to formulate an answer to the question: "What is Perpetuum Mobile?" How do we use our individual unique awareness and experiences in the service of a global quest for meaning and purpose? As therapists with unique life experiences and professional practice experience with Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy, we employ a phenomenological hermeneutic inquiry, looking critically at texts we previously compiled and more recently presented, and discerning, inferring, and concluding our observations and their implications. Chapter One, is an interview between Maria Marshall, PhD, and Edward Marshall, PhD, entitled "Lessons about Life from the Experience of Migrants" which poses the initial question of the present book and puts it into a global perspective. Chapter Two, "A Lesson for Life" is an article by Maria Marshall, PhD, submitted to Mary Cimiluca for the website of the "Viktor and I" film, by Alexander Vesely [Web: http://www.viktorandimovie.com/a-lesson-for-life. Last accessed 14/06/2014] and contains her experiences of searching for meaning as a teenager and young immigrant. Chapter Three, "Applications of Viktor Frankl's Meaning-oriented Therapy in Psychotherapy with Immigrants" was originally presented by Maria Marshall, PhD, at the International Conference on Transcultural Psychiatry, organised by the American Psychiatric Association, in 2000. Chapter Four, "'Entry'" into the 'Treasury' Requested: An Ontological Essay" is a brief writing by Maria Marshall, PhD, about the signs and symbols of the search for meaning in our modern world. Chapter Five, "The Nature of Counselling Relationships from the Perspective of Logotherapy" is an article by Maria Marshall, PhD which originally appeared in 1996 in the International Forum for Logotherapy. The presented chapter is the original and unabbreviated version. Chapter Six, "Existential Analysis and Its Application in Individual Therapy" first appeared as an article by Maria Marshall, PhD, entitled "A Four-Step Model of Logotherapy" in the International Forum for Logotherapy in 1997. This is an expanded and original version. Chapter Seven, "Evolving Personality: The Logotherapy Perspective" was presented by Edward Marshall, PhD, at the Second International Conference on the Future of Logotherapy, in Vienna, 20014. Chapter Eight, "Personality and Culture" is an article by Edward Marshall, PhD, about the relationship between the individual and the community in the search for meaning. Chapter Nine, "The Search for Meaning: Perpetuum Mobile" is a conceptual summary of the findings and applications of Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy in the process of personal growth with wisdom from the life experience of the authors.
About the Authors:
Maria Marshall, Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, began her studies in psychology at the University of Budapest, Hungary. She moved to Canada and completed her Bachelor's Degree with first class honours in psychology in Calgary, Alberta. She continued her studies at Hardin-Simmons University, Texas, where she completed her Master's Degree in Counselling and Human Development. She returned to Canada where she earned her PhD Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Subsequently, she trained with Elisabeth Lukas, a former student of Viktor Frankl in Vienna, Austria. She worked as a counselling psychologist in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. She taught psychology at the University of Portsmouth, England.
Her research interests are evidence based meaning-centered interventions and their applications in clinical practice and everyday living. She is author of several books and peer review articles.
She offers courses on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis
Edward Marshall, Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, worked as a family doctor and completed a PhD in Neurosciences in Spain.
Subsequently, he studied psychotherapy within a Clinical Psychiatry program at the University of Leeds in England. He worked in hospitals and community mental health centers. He trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and humanistic-existential psychotherapy.
Since he moved to Canada, he worked as psychotherapist and offered courses on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy. In addition, he provides executive coaching services.
His research interests are studying models of the freedom of will and consent in relationships. He is author of several books and peer review articles.
Edward is Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. He offers bilingual courses on Logotherapy and Existential Analysis and Existential Coaching.