Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
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Frankl, Viktor

  • Haddon KlingbergJr.Email author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_249

Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D. (1905–1997) is founder of logotherapy – meaning-centered psychotherapy. He is best known for his short book, Man’s Search for Meaning (MSFM). It was released in 1946 by Deuticke, Freud’s Viennese publisher. It appeared in English in 1959 as Death Camp to Existentialism, and for more than half a century, it has remained an international best seller, published in over 30 languages, numerous English editions, audiobooks, and Braille. In 1991 the United States Library of Congress/Book-of-the-Month Club survey of lifetime readers named it one of the ten most influential books in America. Karl Jaspers labeled it “one of the great books of mankind”; Gordon Allport called it “a compelling introduction to the most significant psychological movement of our day.” Of Frankl’s 32 books, others have been translated into multiple languages, including English.

Frankl first visited the United States in 1954 at the invitation of Norman Vincent Peale. Frankl lectured at...

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  1. 1.North Park University ChicagoEvanstonUSA