Letter to Viktor Frankl
Reading A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl was one of the most rewarding and stressful reading experiences I have ever been assigned. The hardships Frankl endured in the concentration camps during WWII embodied both suffering and aguish and at the same time peace and hope. Being that I am an emancipated youth from Children and Family Services with a deep family background in respect to drugs, addiction, and abuse; the message of the book touch a extremely sore and hidden part of my being. And I would assume that those who have had to fight the aftermath of trauma that has led to some kind of self-hopelessness or even thoughts of suicide could related to this book in ways that they never could have imagine. The even though the notions of psychological freedom, discovering meaning, and responsibility are fundamental factors of a healthy psyche, I feel that there are factors that aren’t mention or have not been taken into consideration which could make the task of embracing psychological freedom, finding desire for meaning, and taking responsibility quite difficult. According to Frankl one has the freedom to determine his or hers own feeling and attitudes not matter the situation. People choose their reactions, which isn’t diction or influence by the environment. “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom” (Frankl page). Frankl describes very clearly a step-by-step psychological processing of individual’s response to his or hers extremely stressful environment, he does this by uses his own reaction and experience in the concentration camp. Frankl makes the argument that we all have the choice to choose our emotions, perceptions and attitudes. However, he says on page 23 that he could not care about the awful beatings and unmoral...
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