Frankl, Viktor

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) was the founder of a third analytical school of psychology in Vienna (after Freud and Adler). Frankl was himself a psychoanalyst, but the turning point of his life was his survival of Nazi concentration camps, where most of the members of his family died. His dramatic experiences defined his therapeutic and scientific approach, and the search for meaning in life became a focal point of his approach. He was the founder of logotherapy and existential analysis, and concluded from his own experience that meaning can be found even in the most extreme and inhuman circumstances.