“Victor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist who spent three years during World War II living under unspeakable circumstances in several of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps. While imprisoned, Frankl realized he had one single freedom left: He had the power to determine his response to the horror unfolding around him.” (Enayati, CNN ) Frankl controlled his perception of his horrible environment to survive the atrocities surrounding him and those he endured during the holocaust.
Goldstein, our textbook’s author, defines perception as experiences resulting from stimulation of the senses. Our lesson plunges a bit deeper and describes perception as the recognition, organization, and, interpretation of information from our sensory experiences. Stimulus of our senses happens in all that we do on a daily basis. For example, Frankl probably experienced the stimuli thru all senses. Murder and abuse were common in concentration camps. I would assume he experienced the sight and smell of a dead and decaying body. He could have lived through the sounds of others being tortured, the feel of cold nights, and the taste of rotten scraps of food. All of these stimuli flowed to his brain for processing. Instead of allowing his current environment influence his reaction to the stimuli, he made the insightful determination that he had the power to control his mind and thoughts. He controlled his reactions to safeguard his own sanity.
In conclusion, a person’s perception is the processing of the stimulus received from via their senses. Perception also involves the processing of the stimuli and follows with a reaction to the provocations. Victor Frankl mentally rose above his horrific circumstances. He focused on past experiences and some possible future experiences to put himself in a healthier mental place. He was determined to survive. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”(Victory Frankl, brainy quote)
Enayati, Amanda. “The Power of Perceptions: Imagining the Reality You Want.” CNN. CNN, 14 Apr. 2012. Web. 17 Sept. 2014. <http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/11/health/enayati-power-perceptions-imagination/>.
Frankl, Victor. Brainy Quote. Xplore, Inc., 1 Jan. 2001. Web. 17 Sept. 2014. <www.brainyquote.com>.