Struggling with Meaning
Talking therapies have concentrated on meaning since the earliest forms of counselling. Everyone has questions about what gives them a sense of meaning? What is meaningful to each of us? Similarly, what is it that can be experienced as meaningless?
This can be a complicated process and one that deserves proper consideration as we prize each person as a whole not simply delivering therapy as a way to eradicate difficulties like a cut off. A whole person has many aspects that we call their identity even though it may appear that we could or should shed that which strikes us as meaningless.
How do we make meaning in the face of much adversity? One of the ways we do this in talking therapy is to recognise that some of the activities and endeavours that we are engaged in appear in detail as meaningless but it can still be very meaningful that we engage in them. In this way, meaning is linked to purpose as it much of what we do or engage in doesn’t seem to have meaning but there may be a purpose to it. We can all think of how this might relate to our physical activities, our social engagements and our work demands.