Five Basic Questions in Existential Psychotherapy

In Existential Psychology five basic questions drives the inquiry into human existence. The five basic questions asked in Existential Psychology are:

“What is a human being?” (existential theme)

“What is the nature of subjective, lived-experience?” (phenomenological theme)

“What is our potential?” (actualization theme)

“How can we best promote growth and change?” (growth/clinical theme)

“What are we a part of?” (spiritual/transpersonal theme)

These questions are used to guide reflection on what is means to be human and what it means to exist. Or put differently these Existential Questions guides us to understand the nature of human existence including our relation to ourselves, others, the world around us and the spiritual world.