A better understanding of the socio-political milieu in which logotherapy was first developed and tested allows one to better appreciate Frankl’s genius of transforming terrible experiences of suffering into powerful concepts that ennoble the human spirit and empower people to survive. In a strange way, Frankl’s message seems relevant again in the 21st century, when many people are struggling with such problems as international terrorism, random acts of violence, depression, addiction and the dehumanization of an increasingly technological culture. We may benefit by paying more attention to Frankl’s logotherapy, which represents his attempt to re-humanize psychotherapy. He provides us with a spiritually oriented blueprint for a better future for humanity.
In response to an earlier comment, “expert opinion” is very different than “peer review science.” Expert opinion is limited to the experiences/knowledge of one or more experts and is better than nothing. Peer-review is very different; it means that scientists have had their studies scrupulously critiqued and challenged by other researchers (usually double-blind) before publication. The publications have been vetted – some journals being more thorough and rigorous than others. The VIA Survey is the only peer-reviewed survey of strengths; there are many others put forth by independent, for-profit companies that conduct their own “internal” (usually unpublished) researched. For brief summaries and citations of over 180 studies of character strengths in recent years (mostly peer-reviewed), go to this link here:
On September 5, 2014, Gatlin won the 100 metres at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels with a personal best of seconds. He then went on to complete a sprint double at the meet, winning the 200 metres in a time of seconds. This was the second fastest time of the season, behind his world lead of that he set at the Monaco Diamond League earlier in the year.  Gatlin's performances earned him a nomination for IAAF Athlete of the Year. Other athletes responded skeptically to Gatlin, questioning whether he is continuing to benefit from the banned substances taken earlier in his career.  German discus champion Robert Harting requested to the IAAF that his nomination for Athlete of the Year be rescinded in protest at Gatlin being nominated.