What inspired you to write “The Path to a Meaningful Purpose?”
I am often asked that question: “What inspired you to write a book on meaningful purpose psychology?”
This all started at a time when I was going through a critical life juncture. Unwelcome events were happening to me, and – feeling sorry for myself – I was trying to figure out the why of these miserable conditions; and more importantly, I was also working to figure out how to turn things around for the better. So I turned to psychology, a field I feel most comfortable. I have a bias for psychology because it is a research-based field of study with conclusions generally based on objective evidence. (I am a pragmatist by nature….) Hence I went about to find answers from renown psychologists and empirical psychological research.
As I stated in “The Path to a Meaningful Purpose”, I found a quote by existential psychiatrist Viktor Frankl that shook my human core, and ultimately became a personal battle cry. I quote from page 2, “The line that impressed me so intensely was, ‘Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answers to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.’” After much pondering on Frankl’s proposition about the meaning of life, this quote led to a profound conclusion: That mankind does not suffer from a lack of answers. Rather, it suffers despite the answers being available. I believe that there are solutions to our problems. Even more important, I believe there are ways to prevent human-made problems.
Meaningful Purpose Psychology (i.e. Logoteleology) is an optimistic and positive method that challenges the notion that personal and social self-inflicted suffering is an acceptable condition for human life. Yet, if you read the news and observe what is happening around us, that seems to be a prevalent truism for too many all over this world. Meaningful Purpose Psychology is as well a way of life. Based on sound science it offers realistic and pragmatic solutions to those determined to live a meaningful purpose life. Further, Meaningful Purpose Psychology helps individuals confidently answer four existential questions:
- Who am I?
- What is meaningful and meaningless in life?
- Why am I here?
- How do I go about fulfilling my life purpose?
What about you? How confident are you answering those four questions to yourself and others?
So returning to the original question, “What inspired you to write ‘The Path to a Meaningful Purpose’? I was inspired to write “The Path” as part of my personal life quest and purpose, which includes aiding individuals, groups and organizations to succeed in their meaningful purpose.