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And, most importantly, his lessons are universally applicable to all our lives. More importantly, it led me to accept that how I respond to and deal with negative situations is completely in my control.

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Thus, I recommend readers to expose themselves to as many different topics as possible. I usually have books I refer back to at any given time. They range in topics from management, art, spirituality and philosophy. Trying to get the engineering thing going but don't much of a mind for science. Built around a very testing personal story, it leaves you empowered to be the master of your own destiny. Finding your logos purpose , what really really drives you is probably the most important mission we have in life and, once that is somewhat conquered, everything else — no matter how difficult — will be just noise.

In reading his story, and learning how he managed to survive, I was struck by how he reframed the question about life purpose.

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Frankl was a psychologist and Holocaust survivor. He studied how people react to horrible circumstances that are beyond their control.

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He studied why some people give up and others carry on. While few of us can understand the level of suffering of people during the Holocaust, Nanking or the Killing Fields, Frankl put his theories forward so that we could carry them into our daily lives.

Meaning as a cure for depression and other ills.

Logotherapy was what Frankl called his theories, and their major tenants are that we choose how to find meaning in our circumstances and that our experiences all have meaning. My interpretation of Frankl is that you actually get to choose how you feel about your circumstances. Humans can endure the most gruesome treatment if they have something to live for.

Very highly recommended. Frankl, a psychologist, spent years in the Nazi concentration camps under barbaric conditions. Yet he was somehow able to convert and channel his own suffering into improving the lives of others with his work after the war. Reading his story was an inspiration—a lesson and a deep and poignant message that if you can find the strength and awareness to attach meaning to your own suffering it can make it a little more bearable.

And a further reminder as to how lucky we are to live in a free Western World. It tells us what it means to live with dignity, valuing freedom and our common humanity in spite of being subjected to unspeakable savagery. This existential vacuum may open the door on all sorts of excesses and compensations such as neurotic anxiety , avoidance, binge eating , drinking, overworking, and overspending. In the short-term, these excesses and compensations carpet over the existential vacuum, but in the longer term they prevent action from being taken and meaning from being found.

For Frankl, depression results when the gap between what a person is and what he ought to be, or once wished to be, becomes so large that it can no longer be carpeted over. Thinking of desired experience puts the unending, frustrating question of meaning in a new, hopeful perspective for me. Thank you. Neel Burton, M. Back Psychology Today.


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