PHD Update: Research Proposal Approved

PHD Research proposal approved by the Psychology Department Ethics Committee of University of South Africa, (UNISA)! My thanks to my supervisor Professor Teria Shantall for inspiring me in the first place and for her patience and invaluable advice and to the Department of Psychology for all their help, support and incredibly quick responses. So next year looks like it might be a GO.

“From frozen space to meaning: A psycho-educational intervention among a group of PTSD and/or trauma sufferers based on mindfulness and the work of Viktor Frankl.”

My journey in all ways is towards uncovering/discovering the “great perhaps”. I wrote about aspects of my personal journey here:


See also here: https://meaningunfolding.wordpress.com/…/i-go-to-seek-a-gr…/

In the words of Viktor Frankl meaning is unique to you: “…meaning must be found and cannot be given.” It waits for you to unfold it.

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sunrise one morning


The Existential Vacuum – Are we the Hollow Men?

In the poem by T. S. Eliot, The Hollow Men, he has this to say:

“We are the hollow men, we are the stuffed men,

Leaning together,

Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!

Shape without form, shade without colour,

Paralyzed force, gesture without motion…”

From an existentialist point of view, contemporary man has alienated himself/herself from others and from him/herself. The world has become a kind of theatre of the absurd, unreal and meaningless. Does our meaning in life depend too much on what we do and what we have rather than on who we are?

Viktor Frankl described the human condition as an “existential vacuum”, where man is bored and frustrated because of the failure to discover and live a meaningful existence.


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