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COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

PSYCH 4073
Seat no. ____
Name: ________________________________
Section, Time, Room number: ______________________

Rating: __________
Date: ____________

Dr. Roxel A. Apruebo, R. Psy, RGC, CCIP


I. Multiple choice:
1) It is the unavoidable product of being confronted with the givens of existence. It is what Soren
Kierkegaard called the dizziness of freedom.
a. existential isolation
b. existential angst
c. existential guilt
d. existential anxiety
Explanation:Existential anxiety is the basic unease that we experience when we become aware
of our vulnerability and our inevitable death (van Deurzen, 2002a). From the existential
viewpoint, anxiety is an invitation to freedom and not just a symptom to be eliminated or
cured. Anxiety results from having to face choices without clear guidelines and without
knowing what the outcome will be, and from being aware that we are ultimately responsible for
the consequences of our actions.
2) This refers to our aloneness in the universe.
a. existential isolation

b. solitude

c. the past

d. none of the above

Explanation: Existential group practitioners believe that even though we have close friends we
are ultimately alonethat only we can give a sense of meaning to our lives, decide how we will
live, find our own answers, and decide whether we will be or not be. Even though we find
meaning in connections with others, we enter the world alone and we leave the world alone. We
must manage the tension between our wish for relatedness with others and the reality of our
aloneness (Yalom&Josselson, 2011). Because awareness of our ultimate aloneness can be
frightening, some of us try to avoid it by throwing ourselves into casual relationships and frantic

COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCH 4073
Seat no. ____
Name: ________________________________
Section, Time, Room number: ______________________

Rating: __________
Date: ____________

Dr. Roxel A. Apruebo, R. Psy, RGC, CCIP


activities, trusting that they will numb us to our fears and anguish. We also have the choice of
experiencing our aloneness and trying to find a center of meaning and direction within ourselves.
3) This is one of the most significant interventions a therapist can make.
a.transference

b. questions

c. interpretations

d. silence

Explanation: There needs to be a breathing space in between dialogue. Therapists have the task
of listening with a receptive attitude so that clients can move forward in a way of their choosing.
4.This are used in existential therapy as a way to make sense of the clients overall story.
a.transference

b. questions

c.interpretations

d.silence

Explanation:Van Deurzen (2010) sums up the essence of this intervention thusly: The duty of
the existential therapist is to see to it that interpretations are made within the framework of
meaning of the client, rather than within the framework of meaning of the therapist. The puzzle
to be completed is the clients, not our own.
5) In this phase of existential group counseling, the members are encouraged to more fully
examine the source and authority of their present value system.
a. middle phase

b. initial phase

c. final phase

d. none of the above

Explanation:This process of self-exploration typically leads to new insights and some


restructuring of their values and attitudes. Group members get a better idea of what kind of life
they consider worthy to live. They develop a clearer sense of their internal valuing process. Van
Deurzen (2010) states that existential exploration addresses a spiritual dimension of finding
meaning. The focus is on core life issues, and clients deal with moral issues of living.

COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCH 4073
Seat no. ____
Name: ________________________________
Section, Time, Room number: ______________________

Rating: __________
Date: ____________

Dr. Roxel A. Apruebo, R. Psy, RGC, CCIP