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VIKTOR E. FRANKL

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumst...

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Man's Search For Meaning

Man's Search For Meaning

by Viktor E Frankl

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Frankl was a professor and psychiatrist from Vienna. He and his family were persecuted as Jews in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Frankl himself was lucky as he was one of few to surv...

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Logotherapy guides one to find their purpose and meaning in their lives. This meaning differs by individual and can change from hour to hour.

Meaning can be found in even the smallest of deta...

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VIKTOR E. FRANKL

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”

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The Three Wells of Meaning

We should not question 'What is the meaning of life?' When we reverse the issue, the dilemma of interpretation is simpler to solve. 

During the concentration camps, Frankl, as a psychiatrist,...

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#1 Pursue a Life Task

If you died today, there would be a task that you and only you could have completed. A piece of work that required your unique collection of experiences, knowledge, and strengths. 

If you are...

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VIKTOR E. FRANKL

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. ...

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#2 Love

According to Frankl 'Love' has little to do with the feeling of being in love and more about struggling to help others succeed.

  • “Love” is the act of recognizing the potential in others a...

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VIKTOR E. FRANKL

“The more one forgets himself—by giving himself to another person to love—the more human he is and the more he actualizes himself.”

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You can use your imagination to overcome suffering. Take this incident (from Frankl's experience)-

While walking in the cold while being beaten by a Nazi guard, he recalls a man whispering to...

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“(By) accepting the challenge to suffer bravely, life has a meaning up to the last moment, and it retains this meaning literally to the end.”

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