Essay about Victor Frankl and Existentialism

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Alisa Boyd
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April 10, 2000
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Viktor Frankl and Existentialism

Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist and concentration camp survivor, is the man credited with “translating existential philosophy to practical reality” (Kottler and Brown, 2000). Frankl was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1905. He studied neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna, and in 1940 became director of the Neurological Department of the Rothschild Hospital in Vienna. Before the outbreak of World War II, Frankl had the chance to go to America. He decided to stay in Vienna instead because of something his father had recovered from a synagogue recently destroyed by the Nazis--a block of marble bearing the first letters of the
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Logotherapy, considered the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy, “regards the search for meaning as the primary human motivation. . . . A human being is not a mere puppet of biological, hereditary and environmental forces, but is always free to take a stand toward inner conditions and outer circumstances” (Viktor Frankl Institute).

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