About Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy

Viktor Frankl's Biography

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 16:39


In September of 1942, a young doctor, his new wife, his mother, father, and brother, were arrested in Vienna and taken to a Nazi concentration camp. The events that followed led the young doctor to discover the significance of meaning in one's life. That man, prisoner 119,104, was Viktor Emil Frankl.

He was born in Vienna, Austria on March 26, 1905 as the second of three children. His mother, Elsa, was from Prague and his father, Gabriel, from Suedmaehre. Frankl grew up in Vienna, the birthplace of modern psychiatry and home of the renowned psychiatrists, Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler. A brilliant student, Frankl was involved in Socialist youth organizations and it was his interest in people that led to his fascination with psychiatry.

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Franklian Theory

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2009 16:04

Franklian Philosophy

  • The belief in a healthy core is the basis of Franklian Psychotherapy and,
  • The principle goal is to help the person become aware of the resources of their healthy core and to help them use these resources.
  • Life does not owe you happiness, it offers you meaning.

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Awards and Achievements

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2009 16:21

  • He graduated from the University of Vienna Medical School in 1930.
  • From 1940-1942 he was the Director of the Neurological Department of the Rothschild Hospital.
  • He was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of the Vienna Medical School.
  • From 1946-1971 he was the Director of the Vienna Neurological Policlinic.
  • He was the founder of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis.

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About Logotherapy

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 15:30

Logotherapy is based on the works of Viktor Frankl, a famous existentialist philosopher, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of the best-seller: Man's Search for Meaning, which records his experiences in the Nazi concentration camps. Although Frankl initially was a personal student of Freud, he formed his own theory of human behaviour called logotherapy and had formulated many of his ideas before being imprisoned. Logotherapy is described as a meaning-centred psychotherapy. The word 'logos' is a Greek word which also denotes 'meaning'. The word 'therapy' originates from the Greek word 'therapia' which literally means 'service'. Thus, logotherapy is a therapy through which one can be helped to find meaning – the meaning of one's own life as many people feel that their lives are void of any meaning.

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Meaningful quotes

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."
Viktor Frankl

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