Victor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning

Neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl pioneered an approach to psychotherapy that focuses on the human search for meaning.
Frankl argues that life is all about meaning. The main contribution he offered the world at large was the notion that human’s desperately crave meaning in their lives. Humans, he said, can bare an enormous amount of suffering as long as they can transform that suffering into meaning.

Why you should listen

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, gives a firsthand account of his experiences during the Holocaust, and describes the psychotherapeutic method he pioneered. The Library of Congress called it one of “the ten most influential books in America.” Frankl lectured on five continents.

What others say

“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. ” — Viktor Frankl

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