October 24, 2012

“Mental health is based on a certain degree of tension, the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become. Such a tension is inherent in the human being and therefore is indispensable to mental well-being. We should not, then, be hesitant about challenging man with a potential meaning for him to fulfill. It is only thus that we evoke his will to meaning from its state of latency. I consider it a dangerous misconception of mental hygiene to assume that what man needs in the first place is equilibrium…What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him. What man needs is not homeostasis but…the existential dynamics in a polar field of tension where one pole is represented by a meaning that is to be fulfilled and the other pole by the man who has to fulfill it.”

–Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

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  1. Toad Says:

    Reblogged this on thisoldtoad and commented:
    My mental health is based on what I consume and how much I consume etc. In the delusional world that I live in, I freely choose my path of delusion! I do feel most comfortable in this Mentally delusional world.
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  2. hakesplace Says:

    Reblogged this on Welcome to Hakes' Virtual Cafe and commented:
    Today’s Winner for “Psychology” Category! Is the normal state a chaotic one? Or is equilibrium the normal state?


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