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Attitudinal Sources of Meaning: Encountering Life’s Limitations 

Attitudinal Sources of Meaning: Encountering Life’s Limitations
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Attitudinal Sources of Meaning: Encountering Life’s Limitations
Author(s):

William S. Breitbart

and Shannon R. Poppito

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199837243.003.0004
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date: 23 September 2019

This chapter provides instructions for conducting the fourth session of individual meaning-centered psychotherapy. The reader is instructed to explore the topic of “Attitudinal Sources of Meaning” and the guiding theme: “Encountering Life’s Limitations.” Leaders will pick up where they left off from Session 4 by continuing to explore the concept of “legacy” in historical context (e.g. past, present, future dimensions) in light of confronting the ultimate limitation of death and the lasting legacy they will leave. By the end of Session 4, the patient will have a solid understanding of “attitudinal sources of meaning” based on the core theme that our last vestige of human freedom is to choose our attitude toward suffering and life’s limitations. The patient will come to understand that that life presents us with many circumstances that may be opportunities or limitations, and while we often don’t have control over what life gives us, we always have the freedom to choose how we respond to and the attitude we take toward what life gives us—good or bad.

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