Viktor Frankl – Meaning Of Life

May 24, 2010 by  
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If you never read Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, I highly recommend.  Dr. Frankl was a concentration camp survivor who credits his search for meaning under any circumstances as the key factor in surviving hunger, loss, violence and despair.  In the video below he says we have limited freedom in what happens in our lives but unlimited freedom in how we deal with pain.  He says so beautifully that if we can find meaning in all aspects of life we can turn even our loss and suffering into our personal success.  Watch the video.

Viktor Emil Frankl M.D., Ph.D. (March 26, 1905, Czerningasse 6, Leopoldstadt, Vienna[1] – September 2, 1997, Vienna) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of Existential Analysis, the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy“. His best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning (published under a different title in 1959: From Death-Camp to Existentialism, and originally published in 1946 as trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen: Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager), chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living. Frankl was one of the key figures in existential therapy.

This video belongs to logotherapy.univie.ac.at

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