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The meaning of life, according to Viktor Frankl

The meaning of life, according to Viktor Frankl

Self-assessment is the starting point in the search for meaning. Viktor Frankl

From the account of his experiences in a concentration camp, Dr. Viktor Frankl explains in his book "Man's Search for Meaning", the experience that led him to the discovery of logotherapy. Prisoner, for a long time, he felt in his own being what a naked existence meant.

How could he, that he had lost everything, that he had seen destroy everything worthwhile, that he suffered hunger, cold, endless brutalities that so many times was about to be exterminated - how could he accept that life was worthy of live it?

The search for the meaning of life is the essence of existence. In the realization of this sense man aspires to meet another human being in the form of a TU and love him.

When the sense of existence is frustrated, the desire for power or pleasure occupies the most important place in the motivation of the behavior, in this way the search for happiness becomes an end in itself and therefore in a frustration

How can we transform our existence?

Happiness is obtained as a result of a reason and not by the search for herself. The door to happiness opens outward, and whoever tries to tear it down is locked.

The optimism it is a key piece of Frankl's conception; life appears as an opportunity to respond to, it is necessary to look for the best option to conserve it and therefore keep the promise of survival. In this sense, once defined the For what, the accent passes to the How.

Love is the highest goal to which the human being can aspire. This fundamental faith allows you to recover all the efforts, decisions or actions that someone has made in your life. The fundamental thing for Frankl is what man answers life's questions and not what man asks life. Happiness is the result of meaning.

In this commitment the values ​​play a fundamental role, it is the values ​​of attitude, of creation and of experience, privileged in this last case the loving experience. Values ​​make possible an inner journey from which, on the one hand, faith in the future arises, and on the other, the search for resources of love and meaning in one's own personal life story.

The relationship between inner strength (values, faith, love, meaning) and future goal, is the link that integrates the individual and allows him to recognize himself with a unique and unrepeatable being.

Viktor Frankl

What is the inner attitude?

The inner attitude to circumstances is the result of a personal choice. It is the freedom for, which gives man the possibility of becoming an undetermined being. Being beyond material or physical limitations is a human possibility where man knows the experience of heroism.

Also the inner attitude is in deep communication with the spiritual unconscious. It is a manifestation of the presence of God in the life of man.

The nine most significant teachings:

Choose to have hope

We cannot always change circumstances, but we can always choose our attitude in any situation that arises. When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves

Know your why

Ask yourself: What am I living for? Every day we should get up and ask ourselves why we get up and why we are here. "Who has a 'why' can tolerate almost any 'how'.

Learn to cry

Tears are not a sign of weakness; emanate from a soul that is not afraid to break. "There is no need to be ashamed of tears, because tears testify that a man had the greatest courage, the courage to suffer" -

Don't settle for being part of the flock

The world is upside down. Sometimes, doing what everyone does is crazy. "An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal."

Live with meaning

We make sense of life by answering the questions that life itself asks us. Life poses a challenge to each person and the person can only respond with their own life. What one expects from life does not matter; what matters is what life expects of one.

Fill your day with acts of kindness

Goodness has an objective, the hundreds of small acts of kindness that we have the opportunity to do every day are full of meaning.

Go beyond yourself

We find the true meaning when we transcend our own limits and needs. The more a person forgets himself, giving himself to a cause or another person, the more human he is and the more he grows.

Feel the pain of others

Suffering is painful, however irrelevant the problem may seem to others. Have empathy for the pain of others, even if it is not a tragedy in the global perspective of life.

We can change even when life is difficult

We can create a meaningful life full of meaning, love and purpose.

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