Dr. Alfried Langle Free Lecture. On becoming more myself -A phenomenological-existential approach with live-demonstration
Organized by The Existential Analysis Society of Canada
When: 12 February 2014 at 7:00 PM
Where: St. Paul's Hospital Large Lecture Theatre, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
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The attainment of personal meaning is central to living a fulfilled and happy life. From an existential perspective happiness is generally considered a by-product to living a responsible and engaged life. In this light, addiction can be viewed to a large degree as pathological human response to meaninglessness and a lack of relationship to one’s own life; then, it is an attempt to numb the felt experience of an existential vacuum. The relationship between meaninglessness and substance abuse has a considerable impact on the origins as well as on the further maintenance of the addiction.
This presentation starts from an existential understanding of meaning and fulfillment of existence. Against this background, addiction will be examined as one specific clinical disorder of meaning related problems. Its phenomenological understanding brings us to specific elements in prevention and treatment.