Logotherapy In Viktor Frankl´s Man's Search For Meaning

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Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning gave a vivid picture of his time spent in a concentration camp during World War II. He gives us a look inside of all the indignities he suffered while in a concentration camp, short of being killed. He uses his experience in a concentration camp to provide evidence of his method of therapy, “Logotherapy”, which is a form of existential therapy. Although Nazi soldiers imposed great suffering on him, he continued to believe that they could not control his reaction. He is the only one who could control the way he acted, reacted, and behaved. No matter what they did, he would decide his behavior and be responsible for it. He did not let the environment or his very unfortunate situation break him. …show more content…
“One should not search for an abstract meaning of life. Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” (1992) I like to think the purpose of my life is to be the best mother and teacher I can be. But is it really that simple? Sometimes I find myself wondering if I am destined for something greater. When I do something with purpose and meaning, I tend to have a more positive outlook on the situation. I also tend to engage in healthier decisions. When I have the feeling that I matter to certain individuals (students, children, husband, etc.), I have a direction in which to drive and push myself towards. I tend to work towards my goal instead of against it. I am pursuing my goal to become a counselor because I felt that this would give me something I was searching for. I was looking for more meaning and depth within myself. While I am focusing on the larger meaning of life, I seem to have lost my sense of meaning in everyday life. My endless to-do-list and daily pressures have consumed my thoughts and has left me feeling desolated. I am moving toward finding a deeper source of fulfillment by searching for my strengths to service others. Inevitably, there will be obstacles and difficulties along my journey. Problems may arise at work or at home or I may be disappointed that life did not turn out as I expected. In those situations, I need to step back and look at things from a wider perspective and realize that things will not always be the way they are in that moment. It is crucial for me to not lose hope and to stay focused on my goal of living a more meaningful life. I need to remember that I am leaving my mark on this world, whether it is a big mark

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