Eugene Heimler, writer, psychiatric social worker, Hungarian survivor of Auschwitz, Buchenwald
and other concentration camps, created an approach whereby frustration is used
as potential for creative, satisfying action. In his book Night of the Mist (and other books),
he wrote about his experiences in the camps (www.newholocaustliterature.com). He
answers his question ‘On what does it depend whether we are defeated by life or whether
we succeed?’ by saying that human beings need meaning and purpose. The Heimler
Method of Social Functioning is about integrating frustrating experiences as useful elements
in the present and potentially satisfying elements for the future. An integral part
of the method is the Heimler Scale, a tool that measures satisfactions and frustrations
and highlights the potential of a person. Pain and suffering are motivating forces that we
need in order to function successfully. During a recent visit to Szombathely, Dr Heimler’s
hometown, his widow launched his first volume of Hungarian poetry.
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