A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that he and other inmates coped with the experience of being in Auschwitz. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances.
The sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Only those who allowed their inner hold on their moral and spiritual selves to subside eventually fell victim to the camp's degenerating influence - while those who made a victory of those experiences turned them into an inner triumph.
Frankl came to believe that man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.
Peter Purcell designs experiences that cultivate meaning in organizations for whole health & well being. Logotherapy & Existential Analysis is at the core of the practice to help employees gain a different perspective, enable them to think and feel differently about the role of work in their life and to enhance or find a sense of meaning in their work.
In 2012 he read a book called “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. It touched him deeply, and in 2015 he received first class honors and a post graduate practitioner’s diploma in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at Viktor Frankl Institute Ireland. He currently works as a clinical Logotherapist, integrating the philosophy, theory and practice in to every day life for people in business, sport and healthcare.
He is an academic associate with Viktor Frankl Institute Ireland, accredited with the international association of logotherapy and existential analysis in Vienna.