Hyper-intention is Frankl’s term for a neurosis that causes patients to be unable to accomplish that which they intend. For example, Frankl writes that one will never achieve success when that is one’s intention. Instead, it will only come when one has forgotten about it entirely.
Hyper-intention Term Timeline in Man’s Search for Meaning
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Postscript 1984: The Case for Tragic Optimism
...for happiness, one will not find it. Frankl says that this is similar to the hyper-intention that occurs in sexual neuroses. For example, when one focuses on finding pleasure during sex... (full context)