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Viktor Frankl

1905 - 1997

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Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was a Jewish-Austrian psychiatrist who founded 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 promoted as the third school of Viennese Psychotherapy, after those established by Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Adler.Frankl published 39 books. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Viktor Frankl has received more than 3,907,388 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Viktor Frankl is the 13th most popular psychologist (up from 14th in 2019), the 38th most popular biography from Austria (up from 41st in 2019) 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 13 out of 183Before him are Lev Vygotsky, Erich Fromm, John Dewey, Jacques Lacan, William James, and Erik Erikson. After him are Carl Rogers, Gustave Le Bon, Albert Bandura, John B. Watson, Kurt Lewin, and B. F. Skinner.

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Among people born in 1905, Viktor Frankl ranks 7Before him are Jean-Paul Sartre, Howard Hughes, Ayn Rand, Albert Speer, Simo Häyhä, and Christian Dior. After him are Greta Garbo, Elias Canetti, Dag Hammarskjöld, Henry Fonda, Mikhail Sholokhov, and Faustina Kowalska. 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, Gianni Versace, Toshiro Mifune, Mobutu Sese Seko, Victor Vasarely, and Anton LaVey.

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Among people born in Austria, Viktor Frankl ranks 38 out of 1,237Before him are Niki Lauda (1949), Egon Schiele (1890), Herbert von Karajan (1908), Friedrich Hayek (1899), Anton Bruckner (1824), and Arnold Schoenberg (1874). After him are Maximilian I of Mexico (1832), Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor (1557), Karl Landsteiner (1868), Konrad Lorenz (1903), Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608), and Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (1678).


Among psychologists born in Austria, Viktor Frankl ranks 2Before him are Alfred Adler (1870). After him are Melanie Klein (1882), Anna Freud (1895), Bruno Bettelheim (1903), Otto Rank (1884), Paul Watzlawick (1921), René Spitz (1887), Otto Gross (1877), Heinz Kohut (1913), Walter Mischel (1930), and Fritz Heider (1896).