Essay on Man's Search For Meaning

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In Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl creates his personal, yet revolutional, type of therapy. He calls this therapy, logotherapy, the prefix of the word is taken from the Greek word "logos", which denotes meaning. This derivation is chosen because logotherapy is centered on a human's primary motivation to search for the means in which he exists. To Frankl, finding meaning in life is a stronger force than any subconscious drive. He draws from his own, personal experiences in a Nazi concentration camp to create and support the definition of man's existence. Frankl endured an unimaginable amount of pain and suffering throughout his experiences in the concentration camp. After his possessions were stripped from him, including the …show more content…
Love is a commonly found and seemingly the strongest form of motivation. However someone, at the same time, may find motivation in the form of something that may seem lesser than the concept of love, such as one's profession. According to Frankl's philosophy of logotherapy, people are able to find meaning in three different ways. Firstly, one may either create a piece of work, or perform a good deed in order to better others. Secondly, they may experience something riveting and life changing or encounter someone who may change their overall out look on life because of that one person, such as a loved one. Finally, we may find the meaning of life in our own attitudes towards situations in which are unavoidable, with no apparent positive outcome. Love, according to Frankl, is the only way to fully understand another human being completely. You cannot be aware of the feelings, emotions, and true standpoints of another person unless you truly love them. Love becomes one of the strongest drives for human meaning. Frankl believes love is more than just a sexual drive as some psychologists make it out to be, this being based on the fact that Frankl feels no sexual attraction whilst enslaved but is still able to feel love, and human compassion. It is something that all, or at least most, humans search for, and something that many of those people consider the meaning of their lives. It is a fact that
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