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Mental health in the light of Viktor E. Frankls work

Hosted by the Consul of the Vienna Learning Circle Group
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Thu 21 Sep 19:00 - 20:30

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Dear all,

There is a another "free" speech organized by the Viktor E. Frankl Institute. Due to the 20th anniversary of his death Elisabeth Gruber speaks about mental health.

Right now, I am reading a lot of books dealing with the enormous pressure the society puts on little kids. They have to learn more than the old generations before them in a shorter period of time and with a lot of pressure. There is a rather rigid view on what is best for them - at least in the German speaking countries. Everything needs to be a competition. I personally detest this kind of competitions. Maybe thats one of the reasons why compared to the standard that got imposed to the people nowadays I life the life of a free spirit ;-)

There is this saying by Friedensreich Hundertwasser that the straight line is godless and immoral.

After the Second World War the "believe" in a career path career path that follows a straight line was NO issue. Now we have the believe that there can be "holes" in your life. We also believe that someone is intelligent if he studied quick. This can be like this, but generally speaking wisdom comes with age and a lot of experience due to failures and the necessity of improvisation to survive. The "belief" that the best professor is the youngest one or the one who traveled the most seems a bit like out of a casting show to me.

What I realize in my everyday life is that more and more kids have nearly no spare time to play when they are young. Everything has to be supervised and controlled. So they miss out on so many "normal" things a kid has to experience. As a matter of fact later on many kids of very developed countries break with their past. We have now already a "quarter midlife crisis" among the group of 22 to 26 year olds. Others do exactly the opposite of what they have been told in their childhood.

All this is sad but if you miss out on your childhood you have to make up for it later on, the psychologists say. For others, Peter Pan has become an idol. And the number of people taking drugs as a good means of escaping reality has risen in the last years. This might be a hidden protest against the pressure to act mature at an age where it should NOT be and the rigid authority of some parents.
Therefore "escapism" with addiction is a big issue nowadays among adults.
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But every grown up person must know: A society and its rules are created by the people themselves. If you wanna live in a world where you can mature in dignity, have a real childhood when it is meant to have on by nature, you just have to change your way of thinking.

"Everything happens for a reason - and sometimes the reason is simply that you made bad decisions in the past."

All the best, Karin

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