May 11, 2003

May 11, 2003 4:07 PM

Victor Frankl, an Austrian-born psychiatrist, spent three years in Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps during WWII. His parents, brother, and wife all died. Frankl not only survived , but emerged with a positive sense of humanity despite grief and devastation. He established a vision and purpose for his life. He survived because he visualized being free to live his purpose. Frankl’s later research showed that depression ensues when a person has no purpose for living and that survivors of the concentration camps were those who had found a reason for living beyond camp boundaries. …. Frankly often quoted Nietzsche : “HE WHO HAS A WHY TO LIVE CAN BEAR WITH ALMOST ANY HOW.”

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