“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked…and his behavior, not his words, is his response.” – Victor Frankl
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Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1994) was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School and Distinguished Professor of Logotherapy at the U.S. International University. He is the founder of what has come to be called the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy (after Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis and Albert Adler’s individual psychology) — the school of logotherapy. Born in 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During World War II he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps.
Dr. Frankl first published in 1924 in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and has since published twenty-six books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, including Japanese and Chinese. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Duquesne and Southern Methodist Universities. Honorary Degrees have been conferred upon him by Loyola University in Chicago, Edgecliff College, Rockford College and Mount Mary College, as well as by universities in Brazil and Venezuela. He has been a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and has made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He was President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy.
Man’s Search for Meaning is probabky his most famous work, first published in 1993. My copy was published in 2006.