Essay 1 - Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley February 8 2008...

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Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley February 8, 2008 TA: Sam Shpall Essay #1 Frankl and the Meaning of Life Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning , puts forth a distinctive view of the human psyche termed logotherapy. In short, logotherapy is an explanation of man’s principal need to find meaning in life; that mental health not only requires a type of self-transcendence, but a dynamic tension between the “should” and the “is.” Frankl’s views are greatly substantiated by his experiences in the death camps during World War II. There he witnessed three stages of the human breakdown in the camp: 1) shock, 2) apathy, 3) self-respect and faith in the future. The search for meaning, and Frankl’s logotherapy, play a role in the transition from the second stage to the third. Logotherapy suggests three ways to find meaning: through 1) an achievement or creation, 2) an experience or encounter, or 3) a heroic attitude toward suffering and death. Not only did Frankl witness these paths toward meaning in others, he experienced
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