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 Between 1942 and 1945 psychiatrist 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,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 Between 1942 and 1945 psychiatrist 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 living.Born in Vienna in 1905, Viktor E Frankl earned an M.D and a Ph.D 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 1997.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 Enough.With a new biographical Afterword by William J Winslade, a philosopher, lawyer, and psychoanalyst who teaches at the Universities of Texas and Houston.
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 Between and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl la
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 journey and not just the destination, while knowing that meaningful doesn t always mean enjoyable Meaningful should be equ [...]
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 affect on me I had of course read and knew about the atrocities that occurred under the Nazi regime, but to actually see the gas chambers in person is a deeply haunting and disturbing experience Perhaps for this r [...]
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 is emotionally involved It is almost reportage The first half of the book is equal in its telling to The Diary of a Young Girl in furthering our understanding of those dreadful times.There are occ [...]
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 and hopeless situations It s a very empowering and important idea that no matter the situation a person can control the [...]
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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 was popular in the sixties and seventies as it offered a powerful and logical argument against the reductionist a [...]
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 for the last time I came to my only countryman, who was almost dying, and whose life it had been my ambitio [...]
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 belief that each person needs to find something in his or her life, something particular and personal to them, t [...]
The sun is slowly rising up ushering the dawning of a new day The mother and the father are sipping their first cups of coffee Their schooling children are rising up from their bed The mother attends to her children s daily routine She bathes, feeds them their breakfast and makes sure that their things are all in their individual school bags Para Kanino Ka Bumabangon translation Whom Do You Wake Up For is heard as a voice over This is Nestle s TV ad for Nescafe coffee but it sends a very clear m [...]
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 concrete and specific to your life what is the task that life asks of you that only you can do Look at the circum [...]
Have you ever been in a situation wherein unreasonable suffering seems the only task left in your life that suicide seems to be a very reasonable option Have you ever thought that living only extends the misery and torment you ve already took Have you felt the vacuum of meaningless suffering sucking the life out of you like a black hole Have you ever thought that breathing is a disease only death can cure If yes, then you haven t read this book.The meaning of life Many people already died trying [...]
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Reading about the holocaust awakens me to the varying sides and degrees of human nature Life in a concentration camp tore open the human soul and exposed its depths Is it surprising that in those depths we again found only human qualities which in there very nature were a mixture of good and evil The rift dividing good from evil, which goes through all human beings, reaches into the lowest depths and becomes apparent even on the bottom of the abyss which is laid open by the concentration camp It [...]
This is a fascinating book by a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust The first part, which I loved, is the author s story about how he endured the concentration camps Frankl s purpose in describing his time in Auschwitz and other camps was not to dwell on the horrors though there were plenty of those but instead to focus on how prisoners found meaning in their lives and how they chose to survive The book s foreword has a good summary of the ideas to come Terrible as it was, his experience in [...]
I have to separate the emotional impact of the first half of the book from my overall impression on how effective the book was as a whole It s really difficult not to find stories of the holocaust incredibly gripping, and the way in which Frankl speaks of his experience is inspiring and yet still maintains that gravity you d expect from such a narrative.However, the latter half of the book delves much into a psychological, and less personal, examination of logotherapy that is, the author s pers [...]
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I followed Viktor Frankl diligently in his journey from the gas ovens of Auschwitz into the hospitals of Vienna after he beats the 1 in 20 odds of his surviving a German concentration camp He writes that the single most important self determinant in his survival was his deep inherent conviction under the worst of all possible conditions that life has meaning even here under constant risk of typhus, wearing the recycled prison garb of those who had been sacrificed to the ovens, starving, freezing [...]
Reading this book in high school changed my life I grew up in an abusive home and was in constant survival mode After reading this book I realized that I had a choice I could let my circumstances dictate my attitude or I could choose my attitude, which could then change my circumstances Becoming an adult is the hardest thing we ever do Being an adult means accepting responsibility for your thoughts, actions and character I realized that I can choose my thoughts and actions regardless of my past [...]
Dr Frankl didn t invent it, The Meaning of Life But he invented Logotherapy, that is based on it The book consists of two parts The first is a short autobiography of his time in the concentration camps, as he experienced it as a logotherapist The second part of the book is an introduction to his therapeutic doctrine of Logotherapy He added this chapter to his book because there was a great demand for it by readers The second chapter therefore will only appeal to readers who want to know about h [...]
I started reading Man s Search for Meaning thanks to a recommendation that appear on another book called 30 Days Change your habits, Change your life A couple of simple steps every day to create the life you want Despite being one of the most influential books of the twentieth century, I had never heard about it but after reading the first pages, I quickly understood the reason for its fame Man s Search for Meaning isn t a common story, is a true story A collage of experiences, thoughts, and the [...]
This is some great stuff It truly deserves its legendary status.
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 feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagi [...]
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life He knows the why for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any how Viktor E FranklI read an interesting article in the NYTimes a couple weeks ago that lead me to finally pick this book up Actually, a couple good articles The first was titled Love People, Not Pleasure and it was about how this search for fame [...]
There must be something wrong with me This is a book that everyone is supposed to love But I didn t I didn t even like it I only gave it three stars because I would have felt like a first class jerk giving it only two stars.Here s the thing I love WWII stories The Hiding Place, Anne Frank, etc But Man s Search for Meaning had no emotion in it It was so clinical and frankly quite boring The first section Experiences in a Concentration Camp was ok, but as I said, contained no emotion.The next two [...]
This is a very important memoir psychological theory Took me back to my psychoanalysis classes back in my college daysEverything can be taken from a man but one thing, Frankl wrote, the last of the human freedoms to choose one s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one s own way Of course that Frankl had the capacity to find hope and search for life s purpose during and after surviving such horrific experiences,is what makes this short memoir so remarkable.