Logo-Teens: School Symposiums
Seminars on Viktor Frankl’s meaning-centred philosophy are available to secondary-school students (fourth to sixth years) on-site.
‘It’s All About Attitude!’
From Positive Attitude to Purposeful Action
This school-seminar employs seven easy-to-understand principles through group-work and discussion, a meditation, and experiential exercises.
1. Choose your attitude (in all circumstances exercise the freedom to choose and change your attitude). An exercise in freedom (what I can control) versus fate (what I can’t control); and the ‘Ten Positive Things’ Exercise.
2. Realise your will-to-meaning (commit yourself to meaningful values and goals). The Mountain Range exercise; The Meaning Triangle exercise.
3. Detect the meaning of the moment (living mindfully in the present instant: from reacting to responding). Eulogy exercise; Preview and Review of the day.
4. Facing your worst fears through a Negative Visualisation exercise; The Trash Can exercise.
5. Look at yourself from a distance (put your problems in perspective through the ‘Big Picture Effect’). The Movie of My Life exercise.
6. Shift your focus of attention (from the problem situation to something more positive in order to minimise stress and anxiety). Free-Association exercise.
7. Extend beyond yourself (harness the human spirit by becoming directed toward something beyond yourself). Seeing success as service and self-transcendence; The Gratitude exercise.
All participants are awarded a certificate of completion.
Handouts will be distributed to students and all teachers will be provided with a copy of two seminal articles: ‘Logotherapy in Schools’ by Hans-Norbert Hoppe and ‘The Application of Logotherapy in Education’ by Bianca Z. Hirsch (containing practical guidelines for teachers), as well as access to two theses carried out by students of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland on logoeducation, logophilosophy, and philosophy for children (P4C) in Irish schools. Attached after this section is a comprehensive conference paper from the Youth Purpose Project carried out by Stanford University, ‘Exploring the Nature and Development of Purpose in Youth’. All the numerous studies cited in the above literature prove that the pursuit of purpose is paramount for the biopsychospiritual development of adolescents. In short, meaning is the key to mental health. Recommended reading: Eoin Cassidy. The Search for Meaning and Values. Veritas, 2004.
Download PDF ‘Purpose in Youth’