Man’s Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning


Victor Frankl

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Noö-dynamics is Frankl’s term for the tension between what one has already achieved and what one ought to achieve. Frankl says that healthy people must live in a state of tension between past and present. Logotherapy helps people endure and make the most of this tension instead of encouraging them to live tension-free.

Noö-dynamics Quotes in Man’s Search for Meaning

The Man’s Search for Meaning quotes below are all either spoken by Noö-dynamics or refer to Noö-dynamics. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Logotherapy: The Meaning of Suffering Quotes

For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at its best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into triumph, to turn one’s predicament into a human achievement. When we are no longer able to change a situation—just think of an incurable disease such as inoperable cancer—we are challenged to change ourselves.

Page Number: 112
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Noö-dynamics Term Timeline in Man’s Search for Meaning

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Logotherapy in a Nutshell: Noö-dynamics
Psychology and Logotherapy Theme Icon healthy, man must constantly be struggling and striving. Frankl calls this a state of “noö-dynamics.” While everyone needs to be in a noö-dynamic frame of mind, it is particularly important... (full context)