Man's Search for Meaning, Lessons from Viktor Frankl (Part 1) - #78

"Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time." - Viktor Frank

Man's Search for Meaning pt. 1

Viktor E. Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. From the beginning of his imprisonment throughout World War II, Frankl embraced a life philosophy that would not only allow him to survive the horrors experienced during life in a concentration camp, but aid in the path to recovery for many survivors once liberated.

By understanding that our life circumstances are often out of our control, Frankl explains that it is our own will power and response to our lives that will ultimately shape our outlook. His book “Man’s Search for Meaning” describes these concepts in detail and encourages all to accept what we cannot change and take control of what we can change.

In this episode we will discuss:

  • Hardships & opportunities during life as a Holocaust prisoner

  • Choosing how we respond to our surrounding situations

  • Focusing on the process instead of the end result

  • Love as the ultimate goal in our lives

  • Living our lives on our own terms & leading our ideal life

  • Not passing judgment on others & practicing empathy

  • Our attitude towards life despite difficulties & hardships

  • Practicing gratefulness for our own fortunate & success

  • The purpose of suffering & if it’s worthy of our time

  • Achievements acquired by learning from suffering

  • The opportunity behind suffering & moving forward from that experience


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” –Viktor E. Frankl


Viktor E. Frankl’s Book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”



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