Victor Frankl – the search for meaning
17 November, 2010
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In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning — and the most important gift we can give others.
Viktor E. Frankl was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. He spent three years during World War II in concentration camps, including Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Dachau, where he formulated many of his key ideas. Logotherapy, his psychotherapeutic school, is founded on the belief that striving to find meaning in life is the most powerful motivation for human beings.
Frankl wrote 39 books, which were published in 38 languages. His best-known, Man’s Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust, gives a firsthand account of his experiences during the Holocaust, and describes the psychotherapeutic method he pioneered.
“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. ” Viktor Frankl