Searching for Meaning in Life

Viktor Frankl, prominent psychiatrist and concentration camp survivor, proposed in Man’s Searching for Meaning, that it is not pleasure, greed or a life force that drives us, it’s meaning. Ongoing boredom or restlessness (ennui) affects those who have not identified their purpose in life. Something drives us forward, moving us beyond ourselves. This transcendent quality is a sign of the need to know, “What am I here for?” “What is the point?”

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From the weekly column, “Here’s to the Good Life!” published in the Hughson Chronicle, republished online at and

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