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Man's Search for Meaning Man s Search for Meaning has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival Betweenandpsychiatrist Viktor Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished Based on his own experience and the stories of his many patients, Frankl agrues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and forward with renewed purpose Frankl s theory known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos meaning holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful In the decades since its first publication, Man s Search for Meaning ahs become one of the most influential books in America it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of livingBorn in Vienna in , Viktor E Frankl earned an MD and a PhD from the University of Vienna He published than thirty books on theoretical and clinical psychology and served as a visiting professor and lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, and elsewhere Frankl died in Harlod S Kushner is rabbi emeritus at Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, and the autor of several best selling books, including When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Living a Life That Matters, and When all You ve Ever Wanted Isn t EnoughWith a new biographical Afterword by William J Winslade, a philosopher, lawyer, and psychoanalyst who teaches at the Universities of Texas and Houston

About the Author: Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor Emil Frankl M.D., Ph.D., was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of Existential Analysis, the Third Viennese School of psychotherapy.His book Man s Search for Meaning first published under a different title in 1959 From Death Camp to Existentialism Originally published in 1946 as Ein Psycholog erlebt das Konzentrationslager chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and describes his psychotherapeutic method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living He was one of the key figures in existential therapy Excerpted from Wikipedia.

10 thoughts on “Man's Search for Meaning

  1. Laurel Laurel says:

    I read this book for the first time during my senior year in high school The year prior, I had gone to Germany for spring break with some fellow classmates During the trip, we spent a day visiting a former WWII concentration camp in Dachau As one might expect, this visit had a profound effect on me I had of course read and knew about the atrocities that occurred under the Na

  2. Frank Frank says:

    After I read this book, which I finished many, many years ago, I had become self critical of any future endeavours which would take up a lot of my time I would ask myself is this or will this be meaningful to me , and if the answer was no , I wouldn t do it It was this book that influenced me to consciously live as meaningful a life as possible, to place a great value on the j

  3. Petra-X Petra-X says:

    How is it possible to write dispassionately of life in a concentration camp in such a way as to engender great feeling in the reader This is how Frankl dealt with his experience of those terrible years The dispassionate writing makes the horrors of the camp extremely distressing,so than writing that isemotionally involved It is almost reportage The first half of the book is equa

  4. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    The original part one was the strongest I think because the rest started to go into the typical psychobabble inherent to books trying to contribute to the academic side of psychology or psychiatry but the first part really grounded the idea of giving meaning to one existence into personal experience and I found it very poignant about the mental state of people in very stressful an

  5. JV (semi-hiatus) JV (semi-hiatus) says:

    What is it that makes life worth living Is it the pursuit of happiness Attaining success As human beings living in a vast and endless universe or multiverse for that matter , what are we actually living for I, for one, cannot answer those particular questions for you but know that I am also one of those who is searching for answers, trying to look for ways to make sense out of life,

  6. Riku Sayuj Riku Sayuj says:

    For most of the book, I felt as dumbfounded as I would have been if I were browsing through a psychiatric journal Filled with references and technical terms and statistics, it was mostly a book long affirmation of the then innovative technique called logo therapy I do not understand how this book is still relevant and found in most popular book stores It might have been that the book

  7. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    This is a short but extremely intense book, first published in 1946 It begins with the author s experiences in four different German concentration camps in WWII, including Auschwitz, and how he coped with those experiences and saw others cope with them, or not He continues in the second half of this book with a discussion of his approach to psychiatry, called logotherapy, based on the b

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager Man s Search for Meaning an introduction to logotherapy, Viktor E Frankl Man s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to fee

  9. Francisco Francisco says:

    This book stands out as one of the most helpful tools I ve found in my life long search for the way to live and be useful to others despite depression As opposed to Freud, who believed that the primary drive in man, the most urgent motivation, was pleasure, Frankl believes that it is meaning Now meaning for Frankl is not something abstract and airy and noble but rather something very concre

  10. Emily Emily says:

    After the Book of Mormon, this would be my second recommendation to anyone looking for purpose in life Here s a poignant excerpt from one of my favorite parts of the book when Frankl has been in Auschwitz and other camps for several years and doesn t know the war is only weeks away from ending He had decided to escape his camp near Dachau with a friend and was visiting some of his patients fo

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