Hvorfor drikker Jastrau?

Cecilie Marie Larsen & Anne Katrine Holst Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project studies the relation between existential psychology and the main character Ole Jastrau’s existential crisis and use of alcohol in the novel by Tom Kristensen Hærværk. We use theorists Rolle May and Irvin D. Yalom to study Ole Jastrau’s deroute throughout the book. Yalom introduces an existential perspective on human life themes, which can create an existential crisis. In this sense Rollo May introduces his theory on anxiety, which is a possible consequence of several existential factors – e.g. lack of acknowledgement of the life themes Yalom describes. We conclude that Jastrau’s anxiety is based on his lack of acknowledgement of meaninglessness and the human freedom to create its own life. Jastrau’s existential crisis sets off when he meets Steffensen, who reminds him of who he used to be, when he was young. Furthermore Jastrau uses alcohol to soothe his anxiety, concurrently using alcohol in his identity search through his inner existential self.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato10 jun. 2013
VejledereBjarne Jacobsen


  • alkohol
  • eksistentielpsykologi