MEANING IN EDUCATION: HUSTON C. SMITH INTERVIEWING VIKTOR FRANKL, 1963
Frankl speaking on the role of values in teaching. He argues that values and meaning cannot be given or taught. Rather, it is the authenicity of the teacher’s own example which can inspire a meaning-oriented attitude in our youth.
TV interview on one of Frankl’s early lecture tours in the USA.
RESOURCES OF SURVIVAL, 1987
Lecture, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Frankl on ideas and ideals, depth- and “height-psychology”. Here is his much cited closing statement in which he reminds the American audience of the close ties between freedom and responsibility…
JERRY LONG: “I BROKE MY NECK, BUT IT DID NOT BREAK ME”
One of the rare appearances of Frankl together with Jerry Long. Mr. Long, paralysed from neck down after a diving accident at age 17, wrote to Dr. Frankl the lines “I broke my neck, but it did not break me.” Long became a psychologist despite his severe handicap. He died in 2004.
ON EXISTENTIAL PHILOSOPHY
Frankl discusses the differences between logotherapy and the views of french existentialists Sartre and Camus.
DRUGS: SUBJECTIVE VS. OBJECTIVE MEANING
One of Frankls main topics in the 1960s. When teaching at Harvard University in 1961, he was among few who opposed the experimental use of LSD proposed by Dr. Timothy Leary, stating that “freedom is only one side of a phenomenon whose other side is responsibility”. (California 1968)
ON BELIEF AFTER THE HOLOCAUST
Can one believe in god after Ausschwitz? Frankl´s view differed from that of many within his religious community, often sparking emotions and controversy. An rare recording, where he points out his position very clearly.
THE WILL TO MEANING
Questioning the existence of meaning in life once was described as a symptom of neurosis by Sigmund Freud. Frankl´s view could not be more different. In this interview given for Canadian television in 1972, Frankl describes the connection between meaning in life and happiness.
RELIGION AND ULTIMATE MEANING, 1990
In this recording made in South Africa in 1990, Frankl speaks of the relations between logotherapy and religion. Being open towards meanings and values, Frankl’s theories have and continue to be often misinterpreted as being religious in nature. Frankl on this topic, and how meaning can be achieved in life.
INTERVIEW, SOUTH AFRICA, 1985 (PART I)
In this timeless interview Frankl is asked about questions of human nature, society and life. For seeing the whole interview, click on all 3 parts.
INTERVIEW, SOUTH AFRICA, 1985 (PART II)
INTERVIEW, SOUTH AFRICA, 1985 (PART III)
YOUTH IN SEARCH OF MEANING, 1972
Frankl speaking at the “Toronto Youth Corps” in 1972. See Frankl “at his best” as he vividly explains his theories, and even draws analogies to piloting an aircraft – a passion he had recently picked up.
REHUMANIZACION DE LA PSICOTERAPIA
Frankl reflects on the use of strategies and techniques in psychotherapy. Despite or because of having grown up in a time of “unconditional belief in technological progress”, the main goal of logotherapy is to re-introduce the human dimension to the profession of psychotherapy. Recording dubbed Spanish for Argentinean television.
(Buenos Aires 1985)
TV INTERVIEW, BUENOS AIRES 1985
What is the role of individual human beings in today´s society? A TV-appearence in Argentina, with Dr. Geronimo Acevedo and Dr. Oscar Oro, the founders of the first logotherapy institute in Buenos Aires. Frankl frequently lectured in Argentina where logotherapy found widespread appreciation. He also mastered some Spanish. His first invitation to Argentina came as early as 1954.
THREE PATHS TO MEANING, 1977
Frankl on Austrian television in 1977. In his mother tongue (German) he explains how meanings and values can be realized