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So this might be kind of off topic for this writing assignment, but a book titled Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl, an austrian Psychiatrist and Philosopher, has a different theory behind happiness than our text book. A holocaust survivor, Frankl saw the worst possible parts of human personality, but also some of the most resilient. What Frankl concluded from his experiences was that meaning was the driving force behind human life. "A man with a why to live, can bear through any how." After his experiences in the concentration camp, Frankl devolped his own type of Psychology, called Logotherapy. Logotherapy--logos means "meaning" in Greek--has three basic premises: Life has meaning under all circumstances, people crave meaning, and people always have the power, under any circumstances, to find meaning. While Frankl's theory may not be the most scientific according to our text book, I think it makes a lot of sense. finding meaning in life probably isn't the only key to happiness, but I think it definitely helps.
"Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue." --Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

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What do you think are some good aspects of the theory? What are some less clear aspects? Pictures and links would improve the post.

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