Frankl’s TED is from the 1970’s. He talks features his reasons why we must believe in others; even though a particular other might be considerably less than their potential as a human being. Having seen the worst of human behavior in the Nazi prison camps, he is still is optimistic that we can be better than we are.

Conference in Toronto with students for search for meaning.
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Why you should listen:

Logotherapy, his psychotherapeutic school, is founded on the belief that striving to find meaning in life is the most powerful motivation for human beings. He 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.

Who is he:

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.


  1. When Frankl gave this talk, what percentage of American students had, as their main life goal, “making a lot of money”?
  1. 78% of students actually wanted …..?
  1. What kind of lessons had Frankl enrolled in?
  1. What life lesson did Frankl intuit that was more important than learning his actual subject?
  1. “If you take man as he really is, you make him worse.” Explain this statement using Frankl’s reasoning
  1. If you take the person as they have been, however bad, and treat them as their past indicates, you deny that part of them that can, and will, seek to find a better meaning in their life. This is the central tenant of Frankl’s type of therapy. Agree or disagree and explain your answer.

Why believe in others with Viktor Frankl


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