UNDERSTAND, CHOOSE AND GO

Do you have a

  • question that seeks an answer?

  • problem that needs to be solved?

  • situation that you want to open and grasp?

  • paradox that you need to understand?

Sometimes it is something concrete that can be about, for example, work and human relations. Sometimes it can be a question of a so called border situation – something that has irrevocably happened that cannot be changed, as losing the job or a loved one. Sometimes it is a strange feeling that something is not right although everything objectively is good. And sometimes it is something completely different that makes people want to discuss with a coach.

Existential coaching differs from therapy and other forms of coaching in that the view of human beings is based on philosophy. Philosophers have asked the basic question at all times: What is it to be human? Most people sometimes wonder what it is to be "me" – does this unique one-time experience have a meaning?

Searchers formulate their answers themselves, but seldom in solitude. In this coaching we take help from classical and modern thinkers who have different perspectives on existence, but who are united by an existentialist approach. Put simply: Man has freedom to choose between different possibilities. With freedom comes responsibility for exploring options and finding one’s own will. And then daring to choose, act, and live with the consequences.

Since everything is moving – human beings and the outside world are constantly changing – the freedom offers new choices, again and again. What was right and true yesterday may need to be reviewed today.

Existential coaching assumes that it is not enough to know, that is, to answer why-questions, to create meaning in one's own life. A deeper understanding is needed than causal mechanism. Everyone is born into infinite uncertainty, with common and individual conditions, but everyone also has a will, an ability to reflect and explore, to act. How do you want to live?

 

Barbro Teir

barbro.teir@perspectives.fi
+358 50 5615908

"Employees no longer choose between companies, but between work and existential development."

Karen Schultz: When work means meaning (2005)

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