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The Power of Purpose Lessons from Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’

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Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor best known for developing logotherapy and writing the famous book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” His life experiences, especially surviving the horrors of Nazi concentration camps during the Second World War, greatly influenced his psychological and philosophical work.

After the war, Frankl developed a form of existential psychotherapy known as logotherapy. This method focuses on helping people in finding meaning and purpose in their life, especially in the face of pain and tragedy. According to Frankl, the basic drive of a person is to discover meaning, and this search for meaning is necessary for psychological well-being.

Viktor E. Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” is a thought-provoking book that discusses the author’s experiences as a Holocaust survivor and a psychiatrist. The book is divided into two sections: the first describes Frankl’s personal journey through the horrors of Auschwitz and other concentration camps, where he witnessed terrible pain and death.

The second part of the book discusses Frankl’s concept of logotherapy, a psychotherapy technique which points out the search for meaning as a fundamental human drive. He points out that finding meaning and purpose in life, especially in the face of hardship, is essential for mental and emotional well-being. Frankl’s work is a testament to the human spirit’s determination and provides significant insights into how individuals may overcome their circumstances and find purpose and meaning in life.

“Man’s Search for Meaning” gives the concept that even in the most terrible and seemingly hopeless conditions, people can find meaning in their life by changing their attitudes, making different choices, and connecting with others. Frankl’s experiences throughout the Holocaust give as powerful testament to the human spirit’s drive and capacity to find purpose and meaning even in the face of extreme suffering.

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Archana Bijo

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bengaluru. Her interests range from Photojournalism, Media Research, Documentaries, Communication Studies, Film Studies, Radio Journalism, Women Studies, Advertisement Studies with keen interest in writing on varied topics and articles relating to photography, festivals, moments of life, and travel.

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