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Training for a Meaning

Published Mon Aug 01 2005


This article presents information on how author Viktor Frankl's book has helped volunteers of tsunami ravaged nations. More than six months after that violent tsunami wreaked havoc across Southeast Asia and Africa, relief efforts have just begun to peel back the layers of physical and emotional destruction left in its wake. The challenge of rebuilding the flattened towns and shattered lives has just begun. Viktor Frankl was born in 1905 in Vienna, Austria. He is best known for his landmark book, "Man's Search for Meaning," which was conceived partly from spending three years in several Nazi concentration camps. In 2004, months prior to the deadly tsunami, Frankl's mentee, Alex Pattakos, published a user-friendly version of all of Frankl's principles called Prisoners of Our Thoughts. In it, he describes how Frankl's teachings can be applied to everyday work and personal life. Pattakos had no idea that he had just written a training primer to be used half a world away. Somehow, the book had found its way into the hands of Nugroho Supangat and Istiqomah Djauhariah, managers for Dunamis Organization Services. The Jakarta-based professional services firm was in the process of developing a training program for volunteers working in the province of Aceh, which was closest to the epicenter of the quake.

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