Existensialism Notes


From Gerald Corey’s Theory and Practice of Group Counseling: The existential tradition seeks a balance between recognizing the limits and tragic dimensions of human existence on one hand and the possibilities and opportunities forĀ  humans to transcend those limits to achieve a vital existence on the other hand.


Key components of the theory:

  • challenge individuals to take responsibility for their life’s direction
  • help individuals remain the present
  • help individuals increase awareness as to how they block themselves from a more fulfilling existence
  • encourage individuals to “expand their horizons” with respect to their daily existence

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