Rehabilitation of the Internal Energy of the Defeated Person

  • Eric A. Kreuter


Using the existential approach to helping a person deal with the loss of relevancy, the therapist must start with a basic acceptance of the person wherever he or she may be at the moment they enter therapy. Attachment theory has origins in the understanding of human and animal reactions to major life stressors, including loss and separation. Encouraging a person who is stuck in neutral in their life to discuss theory thoughts and express their feelings and emotions seems much better than holding back or being stoic. Logotherapy is used to help the client focus on the future and on the meanings to be fulfilled by the client in his future (Frankl, V. E. (2006). Man’s search for meaning. Boston: Beacon Press. (Original work published 1959)). We can help a person reset their internal clock through a process of examination of the construct of life and break it down into manageable segments. If we consider the potential for creating a turning point in our own life simply by making a decision and following a new path we have, in effect, reset the internal clock. One element of building fortitude is to know you can at least try to reach some level of success despite specific challenges. We have internalized thoughts, which ferment into wholesale belief systems that can detour our effectiveness when they are built from seedlings or erroneous or distorted views. Setbacks can help lead us to future success if we understand the reasons for the setbacks and revise our approach to such situations. Stubbornness adds to the dilemma in cases where a person is warned about the risks if certain behaviors, but may choose to discredit these concerns in order to satisfy internal drives. A trusted catalyst can open up new channels of consideration in the other person’s mind.


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  • Eric A. Kreuter
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  1. 1.Cambridge Institute of Psychology and religion (Cambridge, MA)Yorktown HeightsUSA

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