Viktor Frankl, Man's Search For Meaning

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Viktor E. Frankl Man’s Search for Meaning Psychology – Jan Belcher Christopher Chileshe 09/29/2006 Table of Contents Introduction 2 The Development of logotherapy 2 Empathy to Viktor Frankl 4 Conclusion 6 Bibliography 9 Introduction Viktor E. Frankl born in Vienna in 1905 was a psychiatrist who lived through the First and Second World War. During the Second World War, when he was approximately aged 35-40; he was separated from his family and taken to a concentration by the Nazis. In December 1941, he married Tilly Grosser. In1943 the Nazis took his wife and his parents. Shortly after in1944 he was transported to Auschwitz and later to Kaufering and Türkheim, He was liberated on April 27th 1945 by the US Army. Frankl was the only member of his family that survived the holocaust, with the exception of his sister who moved to Australia to escape. His book Man's Search for Meaning (first published in 1946) relives his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all forms of existence. The Development of logo therapy The epistemology of the word Logos is Greek for reason, principle or meaning. During the period of Viktor Frankl’s Imprisonment, he went through a number of experiences that caused him a great deal of cognitive, emotional and physiological stress. In his experiences, however, he was able to develop theories and analyze the state of his well-being at the time of his trial. Through this and the analysis of other prisoners in hindsight, he was able to recognize a pattern of behaviours that develop in prisoners when introduced to a situation where survival is the primary goal in mind. “When one examines the vast amount of material which has been amassed as the result of many prisoners’ observations and
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