John Frankl became profoundly troubled by questions of life’s purpose during his teenage years, leading him to study philosophy and psychology in order to find answers.
He met Sigmund Freud, a renowned psychoanalyst. However, Frankl soon grew disenchanted with Freud’s theories and decided to rethink human psychology on his own terms; thus founding logotherapy as his own therapy method.
Early Life and Education
Frankl was born in Vienna on March 26, 1905 and studied medicine and psychology at the University of Vienna before being forced to flee during World War II.
His father, Gabriel, was a civil servant and instilled in him an appreciation of social justice.
He instilled in him an intense rationality and the drive to lead a meaningful life.
On his return to the United States, Frankl joined Rickson Gracie’s Inosanto Academy and earned his blue belt. Additionally, he began learning BJJ from Roberto Maia in Boston and eventually earned a black belt by 2002.
Frankl was driven to find meaning and purpose within the concentration camp environment as he observed and experienced it firsthand. To this end, he employed several strategies such as:
John Frankl is a martial artist with expertise in several styles. A black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he also teaches Kuk Sool Won. John has been instrumental in introducing BJJ to South Korea by opening what may have been the first legitimate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy there.
At the age of 12, he began training in Karate with Ron Williams and eventually graduated with a brown belt. Afterwards, he became an instructor at his local gym before joining Straight Blast Gym in San Francisco, where he became close friends with their leader Matt Thornton.
While in San Francisco, John encountered Mr Byung-in Lee teaching Kuk Sool Won and this proved to be a major influence on him; so much so that he eventually earned himself a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. From there he ventured into other styles such as Serrada Eskrima and Muay Thai sparring matches.
Achievements and Honors
On Sunday, May 7th the Yale School of Music hosted its annual Honors Dinner to honor students, alumni, faculty and distinguished guests. Dean Robert Blocker presented a Cultural Leadership Citation to retiring Yale Collection of Musical Instruments curator William Nicholas Renouf ’71MMA as well as an Ian Mininberg Distinguished Service Award to pianist Warren Lee ’00MM”.
John Frankl’s accomplishments have been recognized around the world. He founded what would later become known as Logotherapy, a third Viennese School of Psychotherapy that focused on meaning-oriented spirituality and social responsibility. His theory has been extensively applied to pastoral counseling practice today.
Frankl’s personal experiences shaped his philosophy of human psychology. His work differed from Freud’s psychoanalysis and Adler’s individual psychology in that he saw human beings as motivated by their potential rather than by any inherent flaws.
Frankl observed during his time in concentration camps that those who dedicated themselves to achieving an end had better odds for survival than those who stopped searching for meaning. This insight ultimately led him to create the theory of Logotherapy, which he later formalized.
Frankl’s life-long influence reached far and wide; his lectures at more than 200 universities and 40 books published in 50 languages showcased his ideas which resonate with scholars, practitioners, and lay people alike.
John Frankl has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He has worked in the financial industry for more than 21 years, holding various roles such as finance management and technology development.
He has also revolutionized Goldman Sachs’ global prime brokerage business. Additionally, he is the founder of Ff Venture Capital, an investment firm that invests in early-stage businesses.
Frankl is known for his entrepreneurial skills and also has a deep-seated passion for luxury yachts. He frequently attends superyacht events around the world, such as his recent event with Bulgari in St Barts where models adorned in expensive jewelry paraded on board the boat.