Existentialism and Adolescents Essay

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The Adolescent’s Search for Meaning Andre De Castro Abstract This paper explores the history and concepts that are persistent in the realm of existentialism. It discusses the use of the existential philosophy in psychotherapy and investigates the implications of the existential approach to therapy on a case study about an adolescent who has experienced various traumas. An application of Existential Family Trauma Therapy (EFTT) is applied to the case study as well. The meaning of existentialism is discussed and an overview of the topic is demonstrated. An examination of the limitations and strengths of the existential approach is presented as well. An analysis of the multicultural aspect of the existential therapy approach is explored. A deep personal reflection of the existential therapy approach and of this paper is discussed at the end. Various research articles and books based on existential therapy have been utilized in this paper to examine the approach in a deeper context. Introduction Is it even possible to implement an existential approach to an adolescent? Hacker (1994) describes the sense of meaningfulness, identity concerns, a fear of death, devastating feelings of loneliness, and/or an inner struggle to make peace with the overwhelming responsibilities of impending adulthood as all too common for anxious and depressed adolescents (as cited in Shumaker, 2011, p. 376). According to Broderick & Blewitt (2010) adolescents perceive themselves as invincible beings when it comes to death, which is why they participate in constant risks. From an existential point of view, one important entity that is not fully exercised from this adolescent in the case study presented is her freedom to face responsibilities. According to Yalom (1980) responsibility acceptance in psychotherapy leads to therapeutic success. So yes, it is possible to implement an

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