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BOOKS ON THE JOURNEY IV

Mysticism and Meaning in My Thirties



In 1978 I embarked, by taking a single course—Psychology of Women—upon a clinical counseling degree. I continued to work as the English Editor and Curriculum Coordinator at the Native American Materials Development Center, a Native educational publishing house, while I took two or three courses at a time in the counseling program. In the foundations course, our text introduced us to writings by luminaries from all the well-known counseling theories. One of the existentialist humanists was Viktor Frankl, whose logotherapy posited that the most basic human drive is a need to live a purposeful life. However, the excerpt from his prolific writings addressed, not this fundamental tenet of his, but one of the useful but rather flashy techniques he developed—paradoxical intention, which treats OCD and anxiety disorder.

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