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Monday, February 20, 2017

#83: An Operational Definition of Meaning in Health Treatment with Dr. Batya Yaniger

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

Batya Yaniger is a teacher, supervisor, and private practitioner of logotherapy, with over 30 years experience in innovative Torah teaching. She earned her BS in social work from Loyola University and her MS and PsyD degrees in psychology from the California Coast University. She is a Diplomate Clinician in Logotherapy as well as a co-trainer of the logotherapy training program in Israel, recognized for certification by The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in the USA.

In the presentation that follows, Dr. Yaniger suggests an operational definition of meaning that identifies four processes at work in the search for meaning. These are (1) the ability to grasp and evaluate meaning, (2) the capacity to become aware of deeply felt longings and higher motivations, (3) the ability to envision potential meaningfulness, and (4) the ability to become one’s authentic self by answering the questions life poses.

Dr. Yaniger has worked successfully with people who have, for a variety of reasons, lost their sense of direction in life. She listens for values and strengths that put the person in touch with who they are and what is most important to them. Logotherapy's assumption that every life has a purpose and every situation can be made meaningful perfectly dovetails with Jewish principles of optimism and responsibility. Dr. Yaniger has worked with people who struggle with issues of depression, anxiety, fears and indecisiveness, helping them to access their intuitive wisdom.

Dr. Yaniger can be reached through The Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy in Israel at

Dr. Yaniger's first interview on LogoTalk Radio #28 can be found here:

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