Victor Frankl, Seven Habits, and REBT

Between stim­u­lus and response, there is a space. In that space is our pow­er to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our free­dom.”

- Vic­tor Fran­kl, in Man’s Search for Mean­ing

As a Holo­caust sur­vivor, Vic­tor Fran­kl went through some of the most hor­rif­ic expe­ri­ences ever known to man. Yet, from with­in the depths of extreme and severe suf­fer­ing, he devel­oped insights that helped change the world for the bet­ter.

Stephen Cov­ey used Frankl’s insight to devel­op Habit 1: Be Proac­tive in his huge­ly pop­u­lar book, 7 Habits of High­ly Effec­tive Peo­ple.

More impor­tant­ly, I think Frankl’s insight is also the build­ing block of Ratio­nal Emo­tive Behav­ior Ther­a­py (REBT), devel­oped by Dr. Albert Ellis. REBT is a cor­ner­stone of the ‘change from with­in’ towards seren­i­ty and ful­fill­ment.

Here’s a brief clip of Vic­tor Fran­kl, on the search for mean­ing, with stu­dents at a con­fer­ence in Toron­to:

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  • Man’s Search for Mean­ing was an immense­ly heavy, hard and mov­ing book. Not a very flu­ent read as such, at many points, I had to devote a lot of effort, imag­i­na­tion and emo­tion to empathize with Frankl’s expe­ri­ences.. but it was so so worth it.

    btw, I am afraid i am mix­ing up some imageries with Maus (have you read it??)..

    haven’t read Sev­en habits… and don’t know much abt REBT, but will read up if I can.

  • Gau­ri,

    I am afraid I have nei­ther read Man’s Search for Mean­ing nor Maus. I am amazed you have read these!

    Have been think­ing of read­ing Frankl’s book, was going to check out reviews, etc. so thanks for the heads up.

    Learn­ing about REBT, unfor­tu­nate­ly, is much more enter­tain­ing, faster, and ful­fill­ing through in-per­son work­shops and group dis­cus­sions than read­ing books about it. I’m for­tu­nate to have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty for par­tic­i­pat­ing in such work­shops in Pune.

  • P.S. I myself used to con­duct a one-day work­shop on Sev­en Habits. 🙂

  • read up both! and i will look out for any such work­shop.. and why don’t you con­duct a work­shop now, i am sure peo­ple need to be pepped up off and on abt their habits 🙂

  • Already added them to my To-Read list (which, by the way, is long :).

    Work­shop now? Chang­ing pri­or­i­ties, I guess. It was eas­i­er in a cor­po­rate set­ting when I worked a reg­u­lar job.