Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

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In this work, a Viennese psychiatrist tells his grim experiences in a German concentration camp which led him to logotherapy, an existential method of psychiatry. This work has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 the author, a psychiatrist 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, he 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. His 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.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780807014288
0807014281
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource : port

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jdiz86
Jul 26, 2017

I highly recommend this book to anyone. It enabled me to put things into perspective and remind myself what I am living for, what really matters. The first section Frankl describes his experience in the concentration camps, followed by an introduction to logotherapy (Frankl's branch of psychoanalysis), followed by an afterword of the author's life. I usually like to read up on the author prior to reading their books, however it worked out just fine in this case.

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empbee
Jul 19, 2017

The view of a psychologists who survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps. Moving observations into human behaviour but sometimes too generalized. A worthwhile reading.

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robopl
Jul 04, 2017

Yes, it has its content and phrasing that is (politically?) inappropriate in today's western culture, and perhaps especially in Canada's where we display some uniquely progressive politics.

But it is genuine. Frankel wrote this quickly, and soon after being released from hell (hell because it was caused intentionally by fellow humans, not only because of how he was treated).

Let him ruminate with his 1930's-academic mind. Let him struggle to make sense of it with his personal world view. He describes something we cannot imagine, but should try to.

Because it can happen and does happen all over the world and could happen here. Just look at your neighbours and yourself (and me) for bigotry and group-think.

I salute his concise reply to his fellow inmates on the reason to continue to hold on, that we are each part of a family that we are important to and to which our actions have a positive or negative impact. It is a truth that remains true not just as you want to die in a nazi death camp but true afterwards as you become free to make something of your life and choose how to live.

For balance, I recommend Sheldon Solomon and others' "The Worm at the Core: The Role of Death in Life".

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kwsmith
Jun 01, 2016

The first part of this riveting book describes Frankl's experiences in the Nazi work camps during the second world war. But Frankl is really talking about the importance of finding personal meaning in our daily lives.

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MonaLyssa33
May 12, 2016

A remarkable book and a must read for everyone.

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iKathryn
May 09, 2016

left off on page 116 actually

sandro51 Aug 13, 2015

Self-indulgent? Much of the book is taken up by Frankl's description of human beings in extremis, and the attitudes that helped some of them them survive the death camps.
Read it and make up your own mind.

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ScotMurphy
May 06, 2015

This book is essential reading in the realm of man's treatment of each other. Frank was a clinical psychiatrist and often writes is dispassionate prose, but it is exactly that distance that allows us to bear witness to the horrors within without the reader's mind listening to it as if it were a story. It's brutal and honest, yet he concludes his concentration camp stay with an end to the philosophical journey that has sustained him the entire while. It should be necessary reading for every history student, if not in high school, then in university.

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kityojames
Dec 23, 2014

It is understandable why this is one of the greatest books written. Not so often do we come across a book that explores a malady from an experience so horrible, provide the painful stages of survival and then the solutions for the rest of humanity. This is the story of life, a valuable inoculation and prescription, also backed by research, that can take away pain and hopelessness.

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louarnold
Jul 26, 2014

Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning (2006) is self-indulgent; yet another book on WWII prison camps. Despite his claim that he won't go into it all, he seems to anyway. The book is largely a memoir of his time in the camp. Much later in the book he introduces, not Logotherapy, but only the concept of it. He then gives tribute to a pioneer in the feild and to others. There is no real explanation of Logotherapy It seems this book is meant to sell another book. I admit not to have read it to its very end, so I don't know what book that might be. There appear to be older versions with roughly the same content.

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stoub
Apr 01, 2008

Personal narrative of time in Nazi concentration camp, including insights about how he was able to cope psychologically with the ordeal.

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grownflow
Jul 20, 2014

"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." Viktor Frankl

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