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Saturday, December 19, 2015

#80: Enacted Demonstration of Logotherapy with Dr. Michael Winters and Dr. Marshall H. Lewis



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Dr. Michael Winters and Dr. Marshall H. Lewis enacted a demonstration of logotherapy at World Congress XIX in Dallas, Texas in 2013.

Michael Winters earned a masters degree in counseling from Purdue University in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis in 1991. He is a licensed psychologist in Texas.  He received the Diplomate in Logotherapy credential in 2005 and has been appointed both to the Faculty and to the Board of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.

Dr. Winters maintains a private practice in Houston, Texas.  He specializes in single’s issues, helping couples discover meaning in their relationships, psychological issues of weight management, and grief counseling.  He provides workshops and lectures on the search for meaning, love, marriage, happiness, change and transition, and creativity and risk. He also conducts research on meaning in relationships.

He has published professional papers and book chapters and presented papers at national and international professional conferences.  He has taught numerous courses at Purdue University, University of Memphis, Rice University, the University of Houston, and Our Lady of the Lake, Houston. Dr. Winters is past-president of the Houston Psychological Association.

Learn more about Dr. Winters at http://www.drmwinters.com


Marshall H. Lewis earned a masters degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Jewish-Christian Studies from the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2013. He is a licensed masters level psychologist in Kansas. He received the Diplomate in Logotherapy credential in 2011 and has been appointed to the Faculty and to the Board of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. He currently serves as Clinical Director of a Kansas licensed community mental health center serving four rural and frontier counties. He is a frequent presenter at national and international logotherapy conferences.

Learn more about Dr. Lewis at http://marshallhlewis.com


This is believed to be the first logotherapy demonstration at a World Congress since Dr. Jerry Long presented one at World Congress VII in Kansas City in 1989. That session can be found at:

LogoTalk Radio #50: The Dr. Jerry Long Lecture Series Part 3 - Demonstration of Logotherapy
http://logotalkshownotes.blogspot.com/2013/02/50-dr-jerry-long-lecture-series-part-3.html


This demonstration includes a fictional portrayal of a United States Iraqi war veteran. It is no secret that the transition from combat back to civilian life is not easy. The suicide rate among veterans is twice that of the civilian population. More veterans have died by suicide than were killed in the Iraq war. The suicide rate of active duty military is about the same as the number killed by enemy action.

The Tango Yankee Project was started by Daniel Shaw to support the fight against veteran suicide. As the project grows, proceeds from the sale of Tango Yankee chips will be donated to vetted charities that work to prevent veteran suicide. The Tango Yankee chip is a way to say "Thank You" – or TY, "Tango Yankee," in the NATO radio phonetic alphabet. It can be given to a veteran to say "Thank You," and you can ask him or her to pass it on. The back of the chip states “What you do in this life matters.”

Daniel Shaw recently retired from active service with the United States Marine Corps where he served as an Infantry Unit Leader and held several weapons and tactics instructor positions. He is producer and co-host of the podcast Gunfighter Cast through which he provides informative defense based content. Since retiring from active duty, Mr. Shaw continues his career as Thunderbird Tactical’s Chief Instructor.

Mr. Shaw has kindly provided a discount on Tango Yankee chips for LogoTalk Radio listeners. You can order the chips at http://tangoyankeechip.com and use the code “logotalk10” at check-out. A simple thank you – a Tango Yankee – can go a long way.



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

Sunday, November 1, 2015

#79: No Meaning Without Ultimate Meaning with Aryeh Siegel, Ph.D., Diplomate in Logotherapy



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On Monday, March 9, 2015, Dr. Aryeh Siegel gave the following presentation to the First International Congress of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy in Israel, held in Haifa. LogoTalk Radio thanks Dr. Siegel for giving his kind permission to share the address with you.

During graduate studies in the philosophy of logic and metaphysics at M.I.T., Dr. Siegel became disillusioned with the analytic philosopher's bias toward reductionism and materialism. With the guidance of Professor Huston Smith, he began to develop a philosophy of the esoteric unity of religions that he further refined while teaching the philosophy of religion and mysticism at The William Paterson College of New Jersey and also studying psychotherapy. Having settled in Israel for over 30 years, Dr. Siegel has taught philosophy there in assorted venues, but has lately focused more on practicing and sharing the teaching of the Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Ashlag, which emphasizes selfless love as the way to achieve attachment to the divine. Living in the Jerusalem area as the father of five, he is currently employed as a manager of computer projects in the Israeli institute for social security, as well as working independently as a logotherapy counselor.





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Monday, September 7, 2015

#78: Moscow Conference on Man’s Search for Meaning with Dr. David Guttmann



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On May 30 and 31, 2015, the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis in cooperation with the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna, the professional guild of psychologists, and the Austrian Cultural Forum presented an International Conference on Man's Search for Meaning.

One of the key speakers at the conference was Prof. Dr. David Guttmann. David Guttmann, DSW, is the former Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa, Israel. He is the author of several books on aging and co-editor of several other books on social work. His book entitled Logotherapy for the Helping Professional: Meaningful Social Work was published by Springer in 1996. More recently, he has published an autobiographical book entitled Homecoming, describing his youth in Hungary and the long and painful journey to his new homeland.

David Guttmann is one of the pioneers of logotherapy. He has translated three logotherapy books into Hebrew (along with Dr. Mignon Eisenberg), and has taught logotherapy in many parts of the world in formal courses, seminars, and workshops. He has been engaged in practice, teaching, research, and training in social work, gerontology, and logotherapy for the past three decades.

Dr. Guttmann participated in a question and answer session at the conference in Moscow. LogoTalk Radio wishes to thank Dr. Guttmann and the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis for making it available to our listeners.


Links from LogoTalk Radio #78


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Saturday, July 4, 2015

#77: Dr. Arun Gandhi: Keynote Address to the Jubilee Twentieth World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy: Humanity’s Search for Peace and Purpose



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On June 17, 2015, Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Muhatma Gandhi, delivered the following keynote address to the Jubilee Twentieth World Congress on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy held in Dallas, Texas.

I wish to extend my personal thanks to Dr. Gandhi for the unexpected pleasure of being able to use this address on LogoTalk Radio.


To learn more about Dr. Gandhi and his work for total nonviolence, please visit


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Sunday, June 7, 2015

#76: Feeling Good vs. Being Good for Something: Logotherapy and Its Relation to Positive and Existential Psychology with Dr. Alexander Batthyány



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On Monday, March 9, 2015, Dr. Alexander Batthyány gave the following keynote address to the First International Congress of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy in Israel, held in Haifa. With his usual grace, Dr. Batthyány has given his kind permission for us to share the address with you.

Alexander Batthyány is President of the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna and Director of the Viktor Frankl Archives. He is Professor and Academic Director of the Viktor Frankl Chair for Philosophy and Psychology at the University of the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein. This chair was established by Dr. Viktor Frankl himself and represents the world’s first and only Ph.D. program in logotherapy and logotherapy-related interdisciplinary studies at a fully accredited institution of higher learning. Dr. Batthyány is also Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vienna, Vienna Medical School.

He is widely published in the areas of the philosophy of science, logotherapy, and consciousness studies with over 50 citations to his credit. These include five monographs, six edited anthologies, and ten edited volumes the most recent being Meaning in Existential and Positive Psychology, edited with Pninit Russo-Netzer. Forthcoming works include Conscious Selves: An Argument for Brain‐Mind‐Interactionism; To Cope, To Strive, To Understand: Existential Questions in Psychology. He is Head of the Editorial Board and First Editor of the 14‐Volumes of The Collected Works of Viktor Frankl, of which the first five volumes have been published. The complete set is expected to be finished around the year 2020.

Links to Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology edited by Alexander Batthyány and Pninit Russo-Netzer:

Springer link

Amazon link


Additional links from this month's podcast:

The Logotherapy Association in Israel

Jubilee Twentieth World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy: Humanity's Search for Peace and Purpose with keynote speaker Dr. Arun Gandhi

Dr. Arun Gandhi

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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

#75: Logotherapy: Its Message, Its Power, Its Glory with Dr. Teria Shantall



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We are happy and honored that Dr. Teria Shantall has given her kind permission for us to share her address entitled Logotherapy: Its Message, Its Power, Its Glory. This was the opening keynote given at the First International Congress of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy in Israel on the morning of March 9, 2015.

Teria Shantall, PhD, trained as a clinical psychologist in South Africa, at the Tavistock Clinic in London, and studied Logotherapy with Dr Viktor Frankl at the United States International University in San Diego. Her doctorate research with Holocaust survivors was published by the Magnes Press of the Hebrew University and was entitled Life‘s Meaning in the Face of Suffering. She presently heads the training courses in Logotherapy at the University of South Africa and is head of the English training courses in Logotherapy in Israel. She was nominated for a Jewish Achiever Award in South Africa in 2003 and won different awards at the 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 World Congresses in Logotherapy for distinguished service in promoting the work of Viktor Frankl by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy based in the United States. She sits on the International Board of Directors of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy based in the United States, is President of the Viktor Frankl Institute for Logotherapy in South Africa and Vice-President of the Viktor Frankl Association for Logotherapy in Israel.


Additional links from this month's podcast:

The Logotherapy Association in Israel

Jubilee Twentieth World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy: Humanity's Search for Peace and Purpose with keynote speaker Dr. Arun Gandhi

Dr. Arun Gandhi


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

Sunday, February 15, 2015

#74: The Multifaceted Meaning of Freedom with Dr. Dmitry A. Leontiev



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Dmitry A. Leontiev, Ph.D., Dr.Sc., has given his kind permission to LogoTalk Radio to present his lecture entitled The Multifaceted Meaning of Freedom. This presentation was given at the Second Future of Logotherapy Conference in Vienna on May 16, 2014.

Dr. Leontiev is Professor of Psychology at Moscow State University and President of the Institute of Existential Psychology and Life Enhancement based in Moscow.  He is Vice-President of the Moscow branch of the Russian Psychological Society.  He serves on numerous boards including the International Society for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy and the European Network for Positive Psychology. He is associate editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Dr. Leontiev has presented over 40 papers at international conferences and over 90 papers at national conferences, many of them dealing with existential psychology and positive psychology.  He is the 2004 recipient of the Viktor Frankl Foundation award given by the City of Vienna.

Dr. Leontiev is a contributor to Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology edited by Alexander Batthyány and Pninit Russo-Netzer:

Springer link

Amazon link


Additional links from this month's podcast:

The Logotherapy Association in Israel

Memorial Ceremony on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau and the 110th anniversary of the birth of Viktor Frankl

Jubilee Twentieth World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy: Humanity's Search for Peace and Purpose with keynote speaker Dr. Arun Gandhi

Dr. Arun Gandhi

Institute of Existential Psychology and Life Enhancement
http://institut.smysl.ru


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Sunday, January 11, 2015

#73: Boredom, the Existential Vacuum, and Noögenic Neurosis: Causes and Cures with Dr. Stephen J. Costello



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Dr. Stephen J. Costello, founder and director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland, is a philosopher, logotherapist/existential analyst, and author of multiple books on psychoanalysis, logotherapy, and philosophy. He has been lecturing philosophy and psychology for over twenty years in University College Dublin, Trinity College, and, more recently, in the Dublin Business School.

He was educated in St. Gerard's School, Castleknock College, and University College Dublin, where he read Philosophy and Spanish Language and Literature. His Master's degree in philosophy was in existentialism and his PhD degree was on psychoanalysis and hermeneutics. Subsequently, he trained at the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, gaining a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies with a thesis on Lacan and criminology.

Dr. Costello is a Diplomate in Logotherapy and sits on the international faculty of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of the forthcoming Annual Review of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis and has published widely in The International Forum for Logotherapy.

His lecture entitled Boredom, the Existential Vacuum, and Noögenic Neurosis: Causes and Cures was given at the Second Future of Logotherapy Conference in Vienna on May 16, 2014.

Hear more from Dr. Costello on:

LogoTalk Radio #53: Saying Yes to Life in Spite of Everything (May 2013)
LogoTalk Radio #52: The Song of Melancholy: Depression and the Search for Meaning (April 2013)
LogoTalk Radio #43 Interview and Lecture on the Meaning of Logotherapy (July 2012)

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