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MEANING AT THE CORE: Life

Man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a “secondary rationalization” of instinctual drives.1 (V. Frankl)

The seven core principles we have derived from Viktor Frankl’s System of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis provide insight into how we all can live more meaningful lives. From our viewpoint, Frankl’s work can be summarized into three key assertions:

1. We always have the freedom to choose. This relates to the freedom of will. Principle 1. Exercise the freedom to choose your attitude helps us understand that, although we might not choose what happens to us, our attitude toward what happens to us is always our choice.

2. We are responsible for searching for meaning in our lives. ...

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