Man's search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life and not a 'secondary rationalization' of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning.
But for myself, I would not be willing to live merely for the sake of my "defense mechanisms" nor would I be ready to die merely for the sake of my "reactions formations." Man, however, is able to live and even to die for the sake of his ideals and values."
- Vicktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning