Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. He was a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and in his famous book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ he describes how he was called upon to inspire his fellow prisoners, how he intuitively understood what they needed. He observed that under those awful circumstances, prisoners who could gain from others some kind of meaning in their lives survived better psychologically, and therefore physically as well:
Sensitive people who were used to a rich intellectual life may have suffered much pain (they were often of a delicate constitution), but the damage to their inner lives was less. They were able to retreat from their terrible surroundings to a life of inner riches and freedoms. Only in this way can one explain the apparent paradox that some prisoners of less hardy make-up often seemed to survive camp better than did those of a more robust nature.Viktor Frankl – ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’.
Read my review: The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron
For some of you, reading this book may be like holding a mirror up to yourself and really seeing yourself for the first time. This was most definitely the case for me.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Psychology, Spirituality.
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I recently read this and found this quote interesting. I believe that the inner resources are a rich source of survival, but it made me ponder further about the nature of those resources. Like we’re they more of a philosophical or spiritual nature? Perhaps a robust intellect is like an open pathway, through which to travel further collecting those resources along the way.
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