I teach a class on Counseling Theory and love it! One assignment I give for students to create an original theory that answers the following questions:
1. What is life all about?
Freud: Our instinctual drives (id) are forever at war with social propriety (superego) and life is about maintaining a balance between these two forces using the logical mind (ego) as mediator.
Rogers: Life is about self-actualization. Becoming the best possible you.
Frankle: Life is about finding subjective meaning.
2. How do we screw things up?
Freud: Unconscious issues create an imbalance between the id and the superego.
Rogers: An unhealthy environment (indifference, phoniness, ridicule) has inhibited your natural progression towards self-actualization.
Frankle: Allowing others to define your meaning in life.
3. How do we fix it?
Freud: Uproot unconscious issues so that the ego can deal with them.
Rogers: In an environment of genuiness, empathy and respect, we can’t help but grow towards actualizing.
Frankle: Understand that you have both the freedom and the responsibility to create a meaningful life for yourself.
I’ve played fast and loose with Freud, Rogers and Frankle. The examples above are just my own interpretations for illustrative purposes. The point of the post is for us to explore our own
, personal theories.
How do you answer the questions?