How can we understand suffering?

Point of view of a both clinical and phenomenological psychologist

  • Erick Jean-Daniel Singaïny Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de La Réunion [University Hospital of Reunion Island] Pole of mental health, Clinical Psychology Center, 2, Rue Mère Térésa, 97480 St-Joseph - Reunion Island

Abstract

Context : suffering is a living personal experience (it is such an inescapable fate) inherent to humankind (only human beings can think of suffering a self impacted pain : I am suffering, I know that I am suffering , I can feel it). At last, suffering is meaningless since it escapes every logic (why me ?) Suffering leaves us facing the mystery of reminiscence : something does exist but we don’t have a prior idea . How to seize this feel ?


Method : We will try to outline a phenomenological description of suffering starting with some theories based on the drastic phenomenology of Michel Henry’ s life. Some clinical examples will illustrate our statements .


The results : Far from being a suffocating experience , suffering challenges us so that we scrutinize our soul : the essence of life .


As a conclusion : In a clinical reflection of the meaning of suffering, you should not lean only on the word suffering or on the undergone or acted act. When we utter suffering we mean a human who is trying to to endorse each lived experience. For the clinical psychologist the outcome is very relevant : His task is to help the suffering person free up the forces of his own transformation.

Author Biography

Erick Jean-Daniel Singaïny, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de La Réunion [University Hospital of Reunion Island] Pole of mental health, Clinical Psychology Center, 2, Rue Mère Térésa, 97480 St-Joseph - Reunion Island

Clinical Psychologist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Pathology, Qualified as a Lecturer in Psychology, Part-time lecturer at Université de La Réunion [University of Reunion Island]

Published
2017-11-15
How to Cite
SINGAÏNY, Erick Jean-Daniel. How can we understand suffering?. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, nov. 2017. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <https://archivesofpsychology.org/index.php/aop/article/view/20>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2019.

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