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Viktor Frankl: Searching for Meaning…

In Self Esteem by Interconnected Lives

Suffering is part of life. If you cannot change the cause of your suffering it is up to you to change your attitude towards the suffering.

Viktor Frankl made this clear to man through his experiences in concentration camps. Viktor Frankl explained how the suffering in concentration camps could not be changed by the inmates and all they could do was change attitude towards this suffering.

So Frankl’s basic philosophy was that life had meaning over all conditions and circumstances. He said that the inmates under equal circumstances had the highest chance of survival.  These people were oriented towards the future and survival was best guaranteed by finding a meaning in life.

Frankl’s philosophies are pertinent even today as it was in the 1940s. Everything is in your hands Frankl says, it is you who is responsible for how your life would be, how well you adapt yourself during trying times will define your successes in life.

Many of us go through a lot of suffering and we sometimes try to harm ourselves when things get really unbearable, although we know that hurting ourselves is not the right thing to do. So how do we tackle such situations? According to Dr. Viktor Emil Frankl’s development of logo therapy one must find the meaning behind the suffering to overcome being depressed and suicidal.

So, if we find the meaning to fulfil in every single life situation we confront, then we are ready to undergo suffering and pain, to go through all the stress and tension, make sacrifices, so on and so forth without hurting or harming ourselves.

And as for those who do not find the meaning to fulfil, they will have a sense of worthlessness eventually feeling depressed and suicidal.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour.

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” – Viktor Frankl