Viktor Frankl: Why to believe in others


Toronto Youth Corps, Filmed May 1972

In this rare clip from 1972, legendary psychiatrist and Holocaust-survivor Viktor Frankl delivers a powerful message about the human search for meaning — and the most important gift we can give others.

Deutsch: Viktor Frankl
Deutsch: Viktor Frankl (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Viktor E. Frankl was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. He spent three years during World War II in concentration camps, including Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and Dachau, where he formulated many of his key ideas. Logotherapy, his psychotherapeutic school, is founded on the belief that striving to find meaning in life is the most powerful motivation for human beings.

Frankl wrote 39 books, which were published in 38 languages. His best-known, Man’s Search for Meaning, gives a firsthand account of his experiences during the Holocaust, and describes the psychotherapeutic method he pioneered. The Library of Congress called it one of “the ten most influential books in America.” Frankl lectured on five continents.

“Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. “

Viktor Frankl

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One thought on “Viktor Frankl: Why to believe in others

  1. Re: Dr. Viktor Frankl’s presentation in 1972, seen above.

    Would you be able to find the exact date of this presentation at Massey Hall in Toronto in May of 1972?

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