Carl Gustav Jung (1875 1961) psychiatrist and Swiss psychologist, figure key of psychoanalysis, and later founder of analytical psychology, he wrote: the lack of a vital sense plays a crucial role in the development of neurosis. Ultimately, should understand the neurosis as a suffering of the soul that has not discovered its meaning. Approximately a third of my cases do not suffer from no clinically definable neurosis, but the lack of meaning and purpose in their lives. However was Viktor Frankl (Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna. 1905-1997), who coined the term depression Noogena, to refer to a feeling of lack of respect and confidence in the future, which blocked any action in the present, makes disappear the plans, and the few that remain are pessimistic cutting. Noogena depression has its origin in a dissatisfaction of a spiritual kind, find meaning to life is not an issue psychological but spiritual in nature. This perspective, every day implanted, examines the reality of the man of our time, and places in the search for meaning in life the deeper existential task of the same, and the only way to exit the abatement. Viktor Frankl pointed out five reasons why this type of spiritual hopelessness in people which can appear.
Firstly points out as it causes the breakdown of dialogue, i.e. the absence of an interlocutor with which found and linked is sincerely and deeply. Another cause, pointing V. Frankl, which may lead to a depression in absence of vital sense, is physical suffering, that when it is very severe or prolonged, can lead people to doubt the sense of your life: do me why you have to pass this to my?, by which so much pain?. The third cause places it in the lack of confidence in the human existence, whose consequence is scepticism towards life, the lack of attribution of value to anything, and the absence of commitment.