Viktor Frankl

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Birthday
26, 1905
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Sep 2, 1997 (92)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
26, 1905
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Sep 2, 1997 (92)

About

Remembered for his development of a type of existential psychotherapy known as logotherapy, this prominent psychiatrist, neurologist, and Holocaust survivor also penned a bestselling, memoir-based psychological work titled Man's Search for Meaning.

Before Fame

He earned a medical degree from the University of Vienna and subsequently worked as a neurology and psychiatry resident in the suicide ward of Vienna's Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital.

Trivia

For his work in the fields of psychiatry and religion, he earned the American Psychiatric Association's 1985 Oskar Pfister Award.

Family Life

During the years of World War II and the Holocaust, he spent time at the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, where his mother perished in a gas chamber. His wife, Tilly Grosser, later died at the Bergen-Belsen camp.

Associated With

Early in his career, he was heavily influenced by the psychological theories of Alfred Adler and Sigmund Freud.