Viktor Frankl is a psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, famous for his fantastic book called Man’s Search For Meaning. The overarching point of the book is that man’s striving to find meaning in his life is his ultimate purpose and primary motivational force. It truly is a book worth reading, I would recommend it 100 times.
A subtle point he made in his book about stress, which he refers to as “tension”, stood out to me. He argues that in man’s search for meaning, he is more likely to find inner tension than equilibrium. This is not too surprising. What is interesting is that this tension, this stress, actually turns out to be a necessary prerequisite of mental health! [Read more...]