Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy is based on the premise that the human person is motivated by a “will to meaning,” an inner pull to find a meaning in life.
The following list of tenets represents basic principles of logotherapy:
Logotherapy is a term derived from “logos,” a Greek word that translates as “meaning,” and therapy, which is defined as treatment of a condition, illness, or maladjustment. Developed by Viktor Frankl, the theory is founded on the belief that human nature is motivated by the search for a life purpose; logotherapy is the pursuit of that meaning for one’s life. Frankl's theories were heavily influenced by his personal experiences of suffering and loss in Nazi concentration camps.
Viktor E Frankl
Author of Man's Search for Meaning, which is a personal testimonial of the Holocaust from the perspective of a survivor.
Theme 1: Success, happiness & pleasure ensue; they should not be pursued.
Theme 2: You are free & responsible in each moment.
Some mistaken views of human nature
Humans always seek pleasure
Humans always seek survival
Humans always seek happiness
Humans always seek power
Humans behaviour is always determined (no free will)
Theme 3: Your primary motivation is meaning, not pleasure or power.
Theme 4: There is Meaning in Creating
Theme 9: Your value is not your Utility