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Searching For A Construction Of Meaning. Ritual, And Meditation As Necessary Part Of Pastoral Work

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More and more people claim to be suffering from "Burnout-Syndrome". This syndrome is often connected with a feeling of a loss of meaning. This chapter discusses non-verbal oriented religious forms such as ritual and meditation as helpful for a reconstruction of meaning. It shows the relevance of this approach through ritual and meditation for different aspects of pastoral work like, for example, worship in old people's homes. The fact that an absence of meaning leads to severe psychiatric and psychosomatic diseases is well-known in logo-therapy. Logo-therapy or existential analysis is a form of psychotherapy developed by V. E. Frankl. The method focuses on the fact that human being needs a construction of meaning. If this construction of meaning is disturbed, human beings start to suffer from different psychiatric and psychosomatic diseases. Logo-therapy focuses on helping people to find a coherent way of life for themselves within the world.

Keywords: Burnout-Syndrome; logo-therapy; meditation; pastoral work; ritual



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