Quick Quotes From Kubler-Ross and Frankl That (If Applied) Will Help You Rise Above Anything

A simple mental shift to build a healthy relationship with pain, suffering and loss

Thomas Oppong
4 min read4 days ago

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Defeat, suffering, struggle, grief and loss can leave scars. They don’t go away. They won’t go away. But pain shouldn’t break us. Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross made a powerful observation about how people rise above their suffering.

She said, “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.”

It reminds me of the story of a neurologist, psychologist, and Holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl. He survived the horrors of the Holocaust in Nazi concentration camps. Frankl found meaning in his existence despite unimaginable suffering and the loss of loved ones.

His experience became the foundation of Logotherapy, his theory that the will to find meaning is a core human motivation, even in the face of despair. “In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice,” he said.

Kubler-Ross’s wisdom and Frankl’s resilience are helping me detach from life’s inevitable suffering. Loss from…

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Thomas Oppong

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