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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




This study focused on Viktor E. Frankl's major concepts and the therapeutic techniques which emerge from his theory of logotherapy. The purpose of this study was threefold: (a) to examine the philosophy and human nature as set forth by logotherapy, (b) to explore the relevance of logotherapy to Taiwanese culture and (c) to inquire what contributions logotherapy could make to the mental health of the Taiwanese community abroad and in the United States. In order to achieve these purposes, a survey was conducted to investigate the compatibility between logotherapy and traditional Chinese philosophies, Confucianism and Taoism. The survey suggested that logotherapeutic orientation was helpful and relevant to cross-cultural counseling. Its holistic worldview made it easier for cultural integration. The survey also supported that there were closed relationship and compatibility between logotherapy and traditional Chinese philosophies. The will to meaning, the basic tenet of logotherapy, has also been a central motivation in the Taoist and Confucian way of life. All three philosophies have shared understanding of human freedom and responsibility. They have also shared the techniques which were employed in the case studies to effect the cure. Guidelines for counselors involved in cross-cultural counseling and psychotherapy were developed from the survey and presented in a practitioner's guide to logotherapy. The procedures and techniques were applied with great caution for they could have been counter-productive if not applied appropriately. A further research and validation of the techniques are needed.



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