Viktor Frankl – The Psychiatrist that survived the Holocaust

Viktor Frankl - The Psychiatrist that survived the Holocaust
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Viktor Emil Frankl, born 26th March 1905, was an Austrian psychiatrist who endured the horrors of the Holocaust. During his time moving from concentration camp to another, he managed to produce some of the most groundbreaking literature whilst also keeping himself and others alive to face the challenges forced upon them.

Frankl was the founder of the logotherapy school of psychiatry which focuses on a human’s search for meaning in life as the central human motivational force. It forms part of existential and humanistic psychology, and is considered the third most prominent school following that of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

Frankl published 39 books, with his most well-known work ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ being based on his experiences in various Nazi concentration camps. Before this however, he organised youth counselling centres to address the high numbers of teen suicides occurring during his lifetime.


Just nine months after marrying his wife in 1942, Frankl and his family were sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. His father died there of starvation and pneumonia. Frankl was later taken to Auschwitz where his mother and brother were killed in gas chambers. He lost his wife to typhus.

Frankl spent three years in four different concentration camps. Following the war, he became head of the neurology department of the Vienna Polyclinic Hospital. His logotherapy school developed several ways of realising meaning in life for people. It also provided the foundational principles for the emerging field of positive psychology.


The winner of several awards and decorations for his work and determination, Frankl’s work ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ became a best-selling book and has remained so to this day. Readers are treated to both encouraging and introspective philosophy, but also tremble at the harsh realities endured by prisoners in concentration camps.



Things English doesn’t have words for but other languages do

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The urge to hug something or being overwhelmed by intensely cute but unlikely scenarios; such as a dog and cat cuddling up together. The word comes from Tagalog, an Austronesian language spoken in Luzon, native to Philippines.


Do you ever get a feeling of satisfaction when something bad happens to another person and you feel bad about it but laugh nonetheless? Well, the Germans have a word for it – Schadenfreude. Schaden means ‘damage’ and freude means ‘joy.


The sneaky act of tapping someone on the opposite shoulder to get them to look in the wrong direction. An Indonesian word which captures a mischievous, yet basic, act.


This captures the essence of ‘meh, what can you do?’. Also existing as ‘Shikata ga nai’, the word shows a sense of resignation from a situation, accepting the fact that somethings just happen and cannot be changed.

Pena ajena

This Spanish word is very close to the concept of ‘cringe’. It basically means being embarrassed for someone else. Most of us have experienced this, curling our mouth and locking our teeth as someone does something extremely stupid.

Pana po’o”

If you scratched your head when trying to read this word, then you’ve done what it means! Well, not exactly. The Hawaiian refers to when someone scratches their head to remember something forgotten. The performative act of scratching the head seemingly helps one cope with forgetfulness.

Cavoli Riscaldati

This bizarre Italian term which literally translates to ‘reheated cabbage’ is used to refer the attempt to restart a failed relationship. The term highlights how completely messy, unworkable and all round bad idea this act truly is by comparing it to reheating a vegetable.


Speaking of exes, this Russian word points to that feeling one has towards someone they once loved but no longer do. But hey, we’ll take this over any reheated cabbages any time soon.


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3 COVID-19 cases registered with 2 recoveries

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Malta has registered 3 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours from 2,360 swab tests, while 2 patients have recovered. No deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. This information was announced by the official Facebook page of Malta’s Ministry for Health.

As of Saturday 26th June 2021, 650,411 vaccine doses were administered of which 355,277 were 1st doses. 307,591 people are currently fully vaccinated.

To date, Malta has registered 30,606 COVID-19 cases in total, of which: 30,156 have recovered, 420 died and 30 are still active.


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Heat wave to persist into next week

Heat wave to persist into next week
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It seems as though there will be yet another week of heat, sweat and sleepless nights hitting the AC button as the heat is only set to stay as high or get higher. Summer started with a scorching 41 degrees celsius today, but the heat is not expected to reduce soon. According to the Met Office, the coming days will be hot and sunny, with temperatures in the high 30s, feeling like 40 degrees and above.

And if that wasn’t enough, for Tuesday’s public holiday the temperature is set to reach a new high at 38 degrees, with this repeating on Thursday. Health authorities continue to emphasise the importance of safety, staying hydrated and avoiding the intense sun light as UV increase as well. Not a great time to be a winter lover.


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