Man's Search For Meaning By Viktor Frankl

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Introduction
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl describes his “therapeutic doctrine” (pg. 97), logotherapy. Frankl further developed his theory based on his experiences living in the concentration camps during World War II. He shares how this philosophy enabled him to survive the toughest times and find motivation in life. In this paper, I will describe how Man’s Search for Meaning provided personal insights for dealing with the stresses of professional school. I will also address the impact of the concentration camps on the prisoners using a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective and how Frankl’s challenge to always have a purpose in life can benefit families that are facing a difficult health-related diagnosis.
Personal insights
In logotherapy, Frankl states there are three different ways to find meaning in life, “(1) by creating work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering” (pg. 111). I realized these three tactics could be relevant to my own life as I take on the challenge of optometry school. Optometry school is a huge commitment and it demands four years of heavy course loads with challenging material. There is evidence that almost 30% of medical students experience symptoms of depression and around 11% have had suicidal thoughts (Rotenstein et al., 2016). I prefer not to become one of these statistics during my time in optometry school. I feel one way to prevent this
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