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ERIC Number: ED435069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 10
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Crisis, Meaning and Consciousness.
Amini, Bijan
This paper suggests that all life is polar because polarity is the underlying context of life. The idea of polarity is based on two halves that originally belonged together to form a whole. These two halves are constantly trying to come together to regain their wholeness. The philosophical view of crisis presented in this paper is that the opposite of crisis is called mental development (development of consciousness). When an individual has been successful in dealing with a crisis, he/she has gone through a process of mental development or has simply learned something that would not have been learned without the crisis. It is impossible to understand the message of a crisis unless a person is involved in one. To be in the middle of a crisis means to be learning something extraordinary. One must move mentally if one wants to move out of the crisis. From this point of view crisis is one half, and mental development, the other half. This concept is applied to the pedagogy of crisis counseling. Several case examples are discussed, and the work of Viktor Frankl, the initiator of Logotherapy, is also mentioned in relation to crisis counseling. A short discussion of dimensionality, the feeling of being caught in a dead-in with no way out is provided. The paper concludes by reminding readers to become sensitive to what life wants us to do by sending a crisis. (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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