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Death of Viktor Frankl, Austrian Neurologist & Psychiatrist

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Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, dies of heart failure in Vienna. A survivor of the Holocaust, Frankl was a key figure in the development of existential therapy as well as a significant source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.

It was, in fact, his experiences in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz which convinced him that no matter how absurd or awful life may be, it can still be meaningful.

Viktor Frankl once argued that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast of the United States be complemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast:

"Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness.

In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast."

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Interview with Dr. Viktor Frankl

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