Viktor Frankl

1905 - 1997

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Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and Holocaust survivor.He was the founder of logotherapy, a school of psychotherapy that describes a search for a life's meaning as the central human motivational force. Logotherapy is part of existential and humanistic psychology theories.Logotherapy was recognized as the third school of Viennese Psychotherapy; the first school was created by Sigmund Freud, and the second by Alfred Adler. Frankl published 39 books. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Viktor Frankl has received more than 3,413,223 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Viktor Frankl is the 14th most popular psychologist, the 41st most popular biography from Austria and the 2nd most popular Austrian Psychologist.

Viktor Frankl is most famous for his theory of logotherapy, which is a form of existential psychotherapy that is based on the belief that man's main motivation is to find meaning in life.

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Among psychologists, Viktor Frankl ranks 14 out of 182Before him are Jacques Lacan, Lev Vygotsky, Erik Erikson, Wilhelm Wundt, William James, and Carl Rogers. After him are Gustave Le Bon, Anna Freud, John B. Watson, Albert Bandura, Edward Thorndike, and Kurt Lewin.

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Among people born in 1905, Viktor Frankl ranks 10Before him are Simo Häyhä, Albert Speer, Christian Dior, Greta Garbo, Henry Fonda, and Elias Canetti. After him are Dag Hammarskjöld, Faustina Kowalska, Astrid of Sweden, Mikhail Sholokhov, Carl David Anderson, and Felix Bloch. Among people deceased in 1997, Viktor Frankl ranks 6Before him are Mother Teresa, Deng Xiaoping, James Stewart, Jacques Cousteau, and Diana, Princess of Wales. After him are Jeanne Calment, Toshiro Mifune, Gianni Versace, Victor Vasarely, Mobutu Sese Seko, and Roy Lichtenstein.

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Among people born in Austria, Viktor Frankl ranks 41 out of 1,075Before him are Friedrich Hayek (1899), Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria (1858), Herbert von Karajan (1908), Anton Bruckner (1824), Karl Landsteiner (1868), and Theodoric the Great (454). After him are Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor (1557), Kurt Gödel (1906), Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (1415), Albert II of Germany (1397), Peter Handke (1942), and Anna Freud (1895).


Among psychologists born in Austria, Viktor Frankl ranks 2Before him are Alfred Adler (1870). After him are Anna Freud (1895), Wilhelm Reich (1897), Melanie Klein (1882), Bruno Bettelheim (1903), Otto Rank (1884), Paul Watzlawick (1921), Otto Gross (1877), René Spitz (1887), Heinz Kohut (1913), and Fritz Heider (1896).