Victor Aliv The Existential Vacuum Analysis

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Victor E. Frankl was a psychiatrist in Vienna for the majority of his life, until he was deported into a concentration camp during World War II because of his Jewish faith. Many people suffered through these concentration camps and survived to tell the tale. Frankl did survive so many so he discovered a new form of therapy called Logotherapy, which we will go into greater detail on what it entails later on. Frankl’s accounts of concentration camps did not happen within large or famous camps, but in smaller ones, “where most of the real extermination took place. (Frankl 3). The book discusses how Capos (higher-up prisoners) mistreated the lower, more common prisoners significantly more than the actual guards. This was not the only struggle the prisoners faced, they also dealt with the questioning of their own existence. When people are first sent into the camps, many people who were weaker, sickly, or older were often sent to the gas chambers to be killed. However, people at this point still maintain the will to live, “There was neither time nor desire to consider moral or ethical issues. Every man was controlled by one thought only” to keep himself …show more content…
In many situations man does not even know what he wants to do either, resulting in a person either conforming, or merely doing what other people what them to do. The root of the Existential vacuum is boredom, so much so boredom is leading to more issues than distress is. Frankl then points out how with the rise in automatic technology this may lead to more freedom, so much people will have no clue what to do with it. After all it is important for one to find something meaningful to spend their time on that can bring them fulfillment. This will assist the client from experiencing any setbacks as they go through the process, for they are keeping the existential vacuum

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