Existential Angst ...what's it all about Alfie?
Søren Kierkegaard was the philosopher who came up with the idea of existential angst - basically it is the idea that we suffer because we alone are responsible for making meaning out of our lives, and when we become disconnected from a 'meaningful' existence we may experience a sense of disorientation, confusion, or dread in the face of an apparently meaningless universe . In an absurd world where anything can happen to anyone at any turn humans must encounter themselves first before they are able to encounter the world. My experience is that counselling supports wellbeing and growth because it helps us register how and in what way we are no longer being true to ourselves. In fact there is nothing more painful than living in some kind of bad faith with ourselves - this creates the kind of pain which is born out of loss of integration -there may even be self fragmentation as the split off aspects of who we are in any one moment dance in and out of awareness pulling us first one way and then another..... steady yourself within the counselling relationship so you may have a chance to listen to yourself and find your way forward one step at a time