Noogenic neurosis

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Noogenic neurosis is a term in logotherapy denoting a form of neurosis stemming from "existential frustration" (see existential crisis). The term was coined by Dr. Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy.[1]

Noogenic refers to the nooetic or spiritual dimension in humans.[2]


Frankl contended that this new type of neurosis increased in the recent years.[3] He estimated that 20% of all neurotic cases were also cases of noogenic neurosis.[4]


  1. ^ Kimble, Melvin A. "Aging and the search for meaning." Journal of Religious Gerontology 7, no. 1-2 (1991): 111-129.
  2. ^ Kimble, Melvin A. Viktor Frankl's Contribution to Spirituality. Routledge. 2014. Accessed June 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Crumbaugh, James C., and Leonard T. Maholick. "An experimental study in existentialism: The psychometric approach to Frankl's concept of noogenic neurosis." Journal of clinical psychology 20, no. 2 (1964): 200-207.
  4. ^ Crumbaugh, James C., and Rosemary Henrion. "The PIL Test: Administration, interpretation, uses theory and critique." In International Forum for Logotherapy, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 76-88. Viktor Frankl Inst of Logotherapy, 1988.