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Saturday, September 11, 2010

#21 Logotherapy Technique: Dereflection

#21 Logotherapy Technique: Dereflection
Replaced by Lesson 4: The Primary Techniques of Logotherapy
11 September 2010

#20 Logotherapy Technique: Paradoxical Intention
Replaced by Lesson 4: The Primary Techniques of Logotherapy
14 August 2010

#19 Logotherapy Technique: Socratic Dialogue
Replaced by Lesson 4: The Primary Techniques of Logotherapy
15 July 2010

Dereflection is to divert attention away from one's symptoms.  Dereflection ignores the self and leads to self-transcendence through focusing attention on someone or something else.  Lukas defines it a "disregarding of something that can be disregarded, which would become worse through reflection, not better.  At the same time, it is more than a disregarding and quite more than a diversionary tactic."

Frankl himself recognized two techniques:  Dereflection, based on the human capacity for self-transcendence and Paradoxical Intention, based on the human capacity for self-distancing.  Lukas and others have added the third technique, taught by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy as Socratic Dialogue and referred to by Lukas as Attitude Modification.  

Case studies are presented from Dr. Frankl, Dr. Lukas, and my own practice.

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to logotalk@pld.com and may you have a meaningful day.