Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 184–192 | Cite as

Personal meaning as therapy: The roots and branches of Frankl's psychology

  • John H. Morgan


In recent years, Victor E. Frankl, the Viennese psychiatrist who is the founder of what has come to be known as the Third Viennese School of Psychology — Freud and Adler constituting the founders of the other two schools — has emerged as the leading proponent in psychotherapeutic circles of the centrality of the experience of “meaning” in mental health.” The goal of human life, argues Frankl, is to find meaning and order in the world for “me” personally and “us” collectively — both as an individual and a social sense of purpose and orderliness of the inner and outer environment. This paper attempts to identify—within the framework of the Jewish mystical tradition — the sources and origins of Frankl's scientific constructs in psychotherapy, and their manifestations in psychoreligious therapeutics.


Mental Health Human Life Cross Cultural Psychology Personal Meaning Outer Environment 


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© Human Sciences Press 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • John H. Morgan
    • 1
  1. 1.History and Philosophy of Science DepartmentUniversity of Notre DameUSA

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