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Who Am I and Why Am I Here?
Understanding the Existential-Humanistic Perspective
by Bob Edelstein, EHNW President
Originally published in Psychology Today, Jul 28, 2017
I’m often asked what is the Existential-Humanistic perspective. Simply put, it comes from the root words of ‘exist’ and ‘human’. ‘Existential’ is an exploration of our existence and ‘Humanistic’ is an exploration of what it means for each of us to be human.
The bottom line is that we exist – we are alive. The challenge of our lives is how do we choose to live our existence and how do we make meaning of our unique, individual journeys.
Here are some essential concepts that describe the perspective:
We stay open to the flow of life, its process and its content. Yet, within this openness, we take stands. We are an active participant in our life’s events. We live in the paradox that nothing is for certain. […]