Volume 4 Issue 1 Spring 2018

2 6 S p i r i t ua l i t y S t u d i e s 4 - 1 S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 Logotheoretical Understanding of Existential Sources of Bullying Behavior Received March 4, 2018 Revised April 9, 2018 Accepted April 11, 2018 The approach of logotheory is one of many approaches how to understand man. Logotheory sees a human being in his complexity, as a three-dimensional unity of somatic, psychic, and noetic dimensions. Through logotheory, man discovers the possible sources for not loving himself and others. The logotheoretical approach points out that individuals involved in bullying presentun developed noetic dimension. This becomes a source of existential frustration or existential vacuum leading to the occurrence of various forms of pathological behavior including bullying. It emphasizes that aggressors present insufficient development of two fundamental capacities of the noetic dimension allowing the contact with other people: self-detachment and self-transcendence. The uniqueness of this approach lies in the search for answers to one’s existence that bring more than just a temporary satisfaction. Uncovering existential sources of bullying behavior could be instrumental in finding solutions to prevention and intervention of bullying. Key words Logotheory, aggression, bullying, self-detachment, self-transcendence Mária Dědová