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Man's Search For Meaning Analysis

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In Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, three stages of his experience in the concentration camp are discussed, “the period following his admission; the period when he is well entrenched in the camp routine; and the period following his release and liberation” (Frankl 8). Likewise, Honors at Central Michigan University can be thought of in three paralleled stages: the period following the notification of one’s admission in which anticipation brews and mental preparation begins; the period when we will be rooted in our new college routine, classes, and social group; and the period after graduation where we will reflect on the experience and use all that we have learned. Frankl addressed the uniqueness of each person’s will to succeed, “This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love” (Frankl, 79). These stages will not be identical for any two individuals. Instead, each of us have the ability to use Frankl’s insights to make our experience uniquely valuable. Frankl’s insights include the inevitability of suffering, one’s ability to choose their attitude towards this suffering, and the importance of setting goals to overcome suffering. Many people, including myself prior to reading this book, tend to believe that happiness is achieved in the absence of suffering. Frankl gives a different perspective stating, “If there is a meaning in life at all, then
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