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.”
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Combining a firsthand account of Auschwitz with his own groundbreaking psychological research, Viktor Frankl’s riveting 1946 memoir explores the horrors of the Holocaust from a unique angle. Audie Award–winning narrator Simon Vance strikes just the right chord for such challenging subject matter. His composed and soothing tone makes Frankl’s harrowing experiences—and intellectual insights—easy to digest, without ever diluting their power. Inspiring, enlightening, and still extremely relevant, Man’s Search for Meaning can be a life-changing experience. It remains one of the most powerful books about psychological survival ever written.
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WOW....... story really about the concentration camp of the war.
This book was something very different from what I was seeking but very interesting. it also shows me that I have no reason to complain in life.
A wonderful book
great book. Did not expect much but bought it from a citation in Harvard Business Review about resilience. Great insight on the meaning of life. Very stimulating story.
I must admit that while the sufferings of POWs is something I have long respected and likewise that humanities capacity for downright demonic cruelty directed as fellow humans has long horrified and dispirited me that I had seldom let myself contemplate just what life within prison and extermination camps would consist of. But having listened to this book I now understand as well as an outsider to such deprivations and dehumanization can what such an experience can be like. I also respect all the more those who despite having gotten as close to the Inferno as anywhere man made can and yet come out not only with their humanity intact but still both willing and able to find meaning in life and help others face their own suffering (whatever form it might take). Lastly I hope (perhaps more than is reasonable) that such barbarity has lessened since the fall of the Third Reich. Thank you Dr. Frankl for your work and for weathering so much privation and I hope and pray that such a thing does not recur in your or my lifetime.