world gone mad, the politics of disturbed behaviour has no parallel. But treatment
for individual disorders is a robust field that affords troubled individuals a remedy to overcome their personal plight in
the world. Maybe such an approach has an application as a destructive political
illness that so often is the basis of public policy. Examine the patient and
ask can the professional ‘pols’ be cured?
Tim LeBon defines the topic thusly: “Existential Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy which aims at enhancing self-knowledge in the
client and allowing them to be the author of their own lives. Its philosophical
roots are to be found in the works of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre and other existential thinkers as well as Husserl and
phenomenologists. Historically, existential therapy began when Binswanger attempted to use Heidegger's theory therapeutically,
an approach that was adapted by Victor Frankl, Rollo May and others in the United States.”
normal individuals seek medical treatment when they are ill. Heal thyself is
certainly preferable to major surgery, but on occasions the patient needs external assistance to recover their health. Techniques and treatments vary, drugs and herbs may invigorate and extraordinary measures
may prolong life, but what about achieving a state of clear mental health within the consciousness of political decision makers? Doesn’t common sense dictate that public affairs warrant that sound minded and
stable emotions are a prerequisite for anyone involved in making and administrating government regulations?
Emmy van Deurzen ( in Handbook of Individual Therapy, ed
Dryden) outlines the goals of existential therapy:
enable people to become more truthful with themselves.
widen their perspective on themselves and the world around them.
find clarity on how to proceed in the future while taking lessons from the past and creating something valuable to live for
in the present.
politicians that believe they are personally sincere, many are often misguided about their own lack of honesty with themselves. This affliction can be seen in generations of liberal proponents that seek to better
the world through government programs and solutions. How can an experienced and
cosmopolitan player on the world stage dream up the notion that society if not the entire planet would be a better place if
only their public policy became universally applied and enforced? How wide is
their personal perspective when so many officials deem they are doing the noble work of the man made god of the State? Just look around the world, can any rational and honest person conclude that public
policies have actually improved the human condition?
this question is repugnant to the minions of governmental operations, their collective clarion call is not to ask and avoid
at all cost the existential question of the real purpose of public policy. Their
embedded and institutional response is to forge ahead and proceed with their official policies and evade any semblance of
constraints that are consistent with all of history and human nature. To these
troubled ‘public servants’ the valuable aspect of present day achievement is conformity to unnatural governmental
pattern of behaviour inherently disturbed and desperately in need of professional help?
It would seem so, still the perplexing dilemma is that the rules are created and the mechanisms for social compliance
are under the direct control of a band of asylum inmates. The culture of sickness
that accepts this systemic default surrenders it own authenticity to damaging public programs.
Unhinged bureaucrats never dispense social equity for their contributions and performance. They are rewarded for their destructive social conduct in service to the state.
that is unavoidable from this social conflict demands a remedy. In existential therapies, denial is considered the framework by which clients understand their world. Not directly confronting denial, therapists
assist clients in exploring their worldview and considering alternative ways of being.
Now that application seems sensible for subjects that actually are seeking help.
But as we all know power hungry egomaniacs are the last people standing in line for psychoanalysis. Their prime objective is to advance their standing in ever increasing seats of dominance. Their denial is not curable, but for the masses of the exploited, there is no valid excuse to refuse your
own denial therapy.
Dr. C. George Boeree offers up this account and insight on Ludwig
most other personality theorists, the existentialists make no effort to avoid value judgments. Phenomenologically, good and
bad are as "real" as solid waste and burnt toast. So they are quite clear that there are better and worse ways of living life.
The better ways they call authentic.
live authentically means to be aware of yourself, of your circumstances (thrownness), of your social world (fallenness), of
your duty to create yourself (understanding), of the inevitability of anxiety, of guilt, and of death. It means further to
accept these things in an act of self-affirmation. It means involvement, compassion, and commitment.
that the ideal of mental health is not pleasure or even happiness, although existentialists have nothing particularly against
those things. The goal is to do your best.
ordinary citizen a populist civilization based upon a healthy culture and a sound political organization is the standard for
a sane society. What reasonable and thoughtful person would attest that such
a model actually exists today? An Existential approach to confront the delusional
disease of accepting political oppression is necessary therapy to rest our civic health as a nation. Defending a failed political structure of self-destructive policies is the very definition of insanity.
recesses of the brain is a rudder for moral conduct. It is called a conscience. Right and wrong is known and ethical actions are real and can and should be observed. Any linkage that equates a duty to accept destructive public policies as necessary
and legitimate is habitually deranged. Community denial of reality is a prime
objective of the State. The psychology of individual adherence of dehumanising
rule is based upon illusion and the threat of pain. Defence of decadent government
is immoral. Denial is not a lasting defence mechanism. And defending the indefensible is pure lunacy. Take the Existential
therapy and cure yourself of your government addiction.
– February 13, 2006