The crisis of contemporary family and lack of meaning / Criza familiei contemporane şi lipsa de sens
Authors: Elena-Claudia Rusu
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In psychotherapeutic practice, regardless of the type, be it individual therapy, group therapy or family therapy, clients always bring into discussion problems regarding their personal and family life. As psychotherapists, we have the role of guiding the client in discovering the solution for his family related problem, whether it is regarding the difficulties of being a single parent, the generation gap conflict (parents-children), or the psycho-socio-cultural setting given by children whose parents work abroad, to recall only a few of today’s recurring themes of the therapeutic team, psychotherapist-client/patient. However, lately, we have discovered as a background problem and most likely as a deep cause in many of today’s family related matters, an acute lack of meaning in family members regarding not only their destiny as a whole, but as individuals as well. Besides this, an alarming phenomenon is that many young adults avoid marriage and building a family, substituting it with a “no strings attached” type of relationships, called “consensual union” in today’s society. In psychotherapeutic intervention, the specialist has a double task: the therapeutic one and the educational one. Thus, the therapist can and must be committed in helping the client give meaning to his life and make a conscious and informed choice regarding his domestic future. In both cases, including the spiritual dimension of the human being and of the family plays a fundamental role in his later evolution.