Man's Search for Meaning Questions and Answers
by Viktor Emil Frankl

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Is it true that, based on his experiences and observations, Frankl argues that even when everything has been taken from you, it is possible to use what is left of your strength to retain some measure of free will by choosing how you think and respond?

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Yes, Frankl makes this argument, developing it into his theory of logotherapy. In this theory, he argues that what drives humans is not primarily a death wish or a will to power but a desire to find meaning. We can retain free will by choosing to stay optimistic and by searching for meaning in whatever circumstances befall us.

As Frankl describes in Man's Search for Meaning, a terrible fate struck him: he was sent to Auschwitz. While he does not...

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