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Transcendence and the Psychotherapeutic Quest for Happiness Professor Emmy van Deurzen Introduction The perennial questions that continue to tax and confuse people are whether life has any meaning and how to live so as to make the most of the time allotted to us. The contemporary pursuit of hedonism and happiness can be irksome to those who live in difficult circumstances and needs to be reconsidered and set in perspective. This paper will address some of the existential challenges that are intrinsic to the human condition and that people inevitably have to learn to live with in order to find their way in the world. It will argue that our philosophical outlook and the values we live by are a more essential part of daily existence than we might think. What makes a real difference in the outcome of psychotherapy is the depth of engagement between therapist and client and this is in large part related to deep communication about the things that actually matter. Existential therapy aims to...