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    Re: Existential Therapy: What Can Death Teach Us About Life?

    As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relationships with this best and truest friend of mankind that death's image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling, and I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness. I never lie down at night without reflecting that —- young as I am — I may not live to see another day. Yet no one of all my acquaintances could say that in company I am morose or disgruntled.

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART, letter to Leopold Mozart, Apr. 4, 1787

    I think this is along the lines of the existential philosophy.

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    Re: Existential Therapy: What Can Death Teach Us About Life?

    Free online course via EdX:

    Existential Well-being Counseling: A Person-centered Experiential Approach

    Explore existential themes in your personal and professional life. Develop strengths and counseling skills to improve your well-being and the well-being of others.

    Self-Paced
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    This humanities course offers you the opportunity to explore what really matters in life and teaches you how to nurture your well-being and enhance the well-being of others.

    We will address themes in your personal and professional life and show you how to counsel at all stages. We start with a positive approach by giving attention to people’s talents. We recognize that human existence involves constraints and difficulties, which is why this course is based on the idea of “existential” well-being.

    This course will teach you how to live fully as a human being, in this body, on this planet, while at the same time being conscious that you are just a small part of a vast, incomprehensible, universe.

    Our experiential approach focuses on the innate wisdom of the human organism and our tendency to evolve in a forward-moving direction. You will learn how to become aware of this deeply felt knowledge by giving attention to your body as felt from the inside and to your emotions.

    Our person-centered approach encourages building optimal human relationships through empathy, respect and authenticity. These are complex skills, which we will bring within your reach by means of simple exercises.

    Through examples, role-play and video-demonstrations we will illustrate how you can apply our existential well-being approach in a variety of helping contexts, including counseling and psychotherapy. You will develop skills to embody the existential well-being approach as a person and as a professional.

    Your learning will be enriched through exchanging thoughts and experiences with a diverse group of international participants. You will learn to notice how people from different cultures have different ideas about what it means to live well and meaningfully. You will engage in discussions where divergent values can be respectfully acknowledged. Your personal view of well-being will expand and deepen to a more universal perspective on what it means to be human.

    This course is taught by instructors with decades of experience in existential psychotherapy, focusing -oriented and emotion-focused therapy, person-centered counseling and positive psychology...


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    Re: Existential Therapy: What Can Death Teach Us About Life?

    One of the introductory videos in the free online existential course mentioned above:


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    Re: Existential Therapy: What Can Death Teach Us About Life?

    Suicides Have Increased. Is This an Existential Crisis? -- NYTimes.com
    June 23, 2018

    How do we find meaning and purpose in our lives? There are many paths, but the psychological literature suggests that close relationships with other people are our greatest existential resource. Regardless of social class, age, gender, religion or nationality, people report that the life experiences they find most personally meaningful typically involve loved ones.

    Critically, studies indicate that it isn't enough to simply be around or even liked by other people. We need to feel valued by them, to feel we are making important contributions to a world that matters. This helps explain why people can feel lonely and meaningless even if they are regularly surrounded by others who treat them well: Merely pleasant or enjoyable social encounters aren't enough to stave off despair.

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    Re: Existential Therapy: What Can Death Teach Us About Life?

    You Belong Here

    The stars belong in the deep night sky,
    and the moon belongs there too,
    and the winds belong in each place they blow by,
    and I belong here
    with you.

    So begins this classic bedtime book, richly illustrated by award-winning artist Isabelle Arsenault. The pages journey around the world, observing plants and animals, everywhere, and reminding children that they are right where they belong. A beautiful title for new babies, adoptive families, and children of all ages.

    You are a dream that the world once dreamt,
    And now you are part of its song.
    That's why you are here, in the place where you're meant,
    For this is right where you belong.

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