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1 Mans Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl

2 Dr. Viktor Frankl years of his life in concentration camps3 years of his life in concentration camps Professor of both neurology and psychiatryProfessor of both neurology and psychiatry Specialized in treatment of depression and suicideSpecialized in treatment of depression and suicide Wrote 32 books, translated into 23 languagesWrote 32 books, translated into 23 languages

3 Logotherapy Frankl created the 3 rd Viennese School of PsychologyFrankl created the 3 rd Viennese School of Psychology Freud: PsychoanalysisFreud: Psychoanalysis Adler: Individual PsychologyAdler: Individual Psychology Frankl: LogotherapyFrankl: Logotherapy logos = reason/wordlogos = reason/word therapy = healtherapy = heal

4 Mans Search for Meaning Originally published in 1959 under the titleOriginally published in 1959 under the title From Death-Camp to Existentialism Premise: I will try to answer this question: How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner? (Frankl 21)Premise: I will try to answer this question: How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner? (Frankl 21)

5 Mans Search for Meaning I had wanted simply to convey to the reader by way of a concrete example that life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones. And I thought that if the point were demonstrated in a situation as extreme as that in a concentration camp, my book might gain a hearing. I therefore felt responsible for writing down what I had gone through, for I thought it might be helpful for people prone to despair. (Frankl 16)I had wanted simply to convey to the reader by way of a concrete example that life holds a potential meaning under any conditions, even the most miserable ones. And I thought that if the point were demonstrated in a situation as extreme as that in a concentration camp, my book might gain a hearing. I therefore felt responsible for writing down what I had gone through, for I thought it might be helpful for people prone to despair. (Frankl 16)

6 An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior. (Frankl 38)An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior. (Frankl 38)

7 Let one attempt to expose a number of the most diverse people uniformly to hunger. With the increase of the imperative urge hunger all individual differences will blur, and in their stead will appear the uniform expression of the one unstilled urge (Freud)Let one attempt to expose a number of the most diverse people uniformly to hunger. With the increase of the imperative urge hunger all individual differences will blur, and in their stead will appear the uniform expression of the one unstilled urge (Freud)

8 That which does not kill me, makes me stronger. (Nietzsche)That which does not kill me, makes me stronger. (Nietzsche)

9 GROUP WORK On the block paper, please do the following:On the block paper, please do the following: Draw the spectrum of philosophy and place Frankl on itDraw the spectrum of philosophy and place Frankl on it Please also place each group member on the spectrum as wellPlease also place each group member on the spectrum as well According to your assigned school of philosophy, record at least 5-10 examples of how that philosophy was manifested by the behavior in the campsAccording to your assigned school of philosophy, record at least 5-10 examples of how that philosophy was manifested by the behavior in the camps


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