Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy
by Viktor E. Frankl
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Man’s Search for Meaning is the chilling yet inspirational story of Viktor Frankl’s struggle to hold on to hope during the unspeakable horrors of his years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Through every waking moment of his ordeal, Frankl’s training as a psychiatrist lent him a remarkable perspective on the psychology of survival. As a result of these experiences, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man’s primary motivational force is his search for meaning. Frankl’s assertion that “the will to meaning” is the basic motivation for human life has forever changed the way we understand our humanity in the face of suffering. Frankl’s riveting memoir was named one of the Ten Most Influential Books in America after a 1991 survey by the Library of Congress and Book of the Month Club. This revised and updated version includes a new postscript: “The Case for a Tragic Optimism.”
Revolutionary work of inspiration!
This book is incredible! Blending the best aspects of psychology and deeply honest biographical experience, Frankl creates a revolutionary new theory of logotherapy which explains life as a constant search for meaning. Amazing, incredible book - not just a biography, nor just a self-help book, this work is truly life-changing. Read it - you won't be disappointed!
A Necesary Read
First, this book can be read in an hour or a little more. Potential readers should not be put off by the circumstances. Frankl makes no attempts to tug at your heart for the atrocitites he and others endured at the hands of the Nazi regime. His account of his experience is stated as fact but it is the analysis of how he and others survived, their refusal give in to the dire circumstances that surrounded them, and their value of life that enabled them to survive. He also enlightens us to the fears of not only concentration camp victims but the fears of some of the guards who also knew their time was limited. Frankl provides great analysis as to why people act or do not act in a particular manner depending on the circumstances which surround them. Frankl's discussion of logotherapy is also interesting for anyone remotely interested in psychology. You will not go wrong with this book. It has sold more than 12 million copies and has been translated into several languages. That alone speaks volumes about this small but important book.
A True Classic
This book has been on my shelf since graduate school, dog-eared and heavily marked with underlines and margin notes. This is truly one of the most meaningful and profound books to come out of the German Nazi experiment. Facing the horror of unimaginable loss and deprivation, Dr. Frankl writes without malice and with a humbleness of spirit that is far too lacking in modern political and psychological discourse. I recommend this book heartily to anyone who has not read it and to those of us who have and love audio learning. The reader of this audiobook is exceptional, with a comfortable accent that is quite listenable.