Viktor E. Frankl

(Viktor Emil Frankl)

Viktor E. Frankl
Viktor E. Frankl
  • Born: March 26, 1905
  • Died: September 2, 1997
  • Nationality: Austrian
  • Profession: Neurologist, Psychiatrist

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Viktor Emil Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. He survived Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering and Türkheim. 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, meaning Nevertheless, Say "Yes" to Life: A Psychologist Experiences the Concentration Camp) chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate, which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most brutal ones, and thus, a reason to continue living. Frankl became one of the key figures in existential therapy and a prominent source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.

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Being tolerant does not mean that I share another one’s belief. But it does mean that I acknowledge another one’s right to believe, and obey, his own conscience. Freedom & Liberty
A human being is a deciding being.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Power ;Freedom & Liberty
Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. Life
Each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible. Life
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
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, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it. Life
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Fear may come true that which one is afraid of.
For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment. Life
I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.
Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives. Life
Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time. Time
The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. Life
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.

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