Viktor Frankl and Logotherapy: The Search for Meaning Through Healing

Noah Watry
3 min readJan 22, 2023

To quote the great medical doctor, psychiatrist, neurologist, and philosopher Victor Frankl; is also to quote our own lives.

“Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.”

A line that emotes a bevy of thoughts, feelings, and questions; Viktor Frankl writes in his 1946 book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” about finding meaning in one’s life to survive one’s suffering.

Everyone suffers. I suffer. You suffer. Your friends suffer. My ancestors suffered. Our kids will suffer. Everyone.

While not alone in suffering, we can be alone with our thoughts on each particular suffrage. My suffering may be that of financial ruin. Yours might be heartbreak. Our parents’ suffering might have included raising us.

My point is that every one of us has a story to tell. A scar to bear. A pain we must bear and defeat. We don’t reach the mountaintop without perseverance, breathing difficulties, and punishment.

We know this. We understand this. Yet, when it comes time for us to suffer, and deal with the hand we are dealt we do one of two things. We can crawl back into bed and cry and whine and do nothing, gaining nothing and learning nothing, or, we can accept our cards, face life head-on, and not give in to its woe.

Viktor Frankl survived four separate concentration camps: Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering…

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Noah Watry

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