Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. 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 others he treated later 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. 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.
At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.
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We were profoundly moved by Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl’s account of his experiences in concentration camps and how they led him to a theory of psychoanalysis he called logotherapy. The Austrian neurologist’s book—first published in German in 1946—has been translated into two dozen languages and sold in the millions. This latest edition includes a stirring forward by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Dr. Frankl’s story is both a deeply inspiring testament to human resilience and a valuable guide to finding one’s unique sense of purpose in life.
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THE only book you will ever need for "life"
When I see all the psychology books for self help that how to help people deal with life's problems, I always think of this book. This is not just a story of a Man interred at a concentration camp during the Holocaust and stories of what occurred while he was there. It's much more. I read it 25 years go in college in my freshman philosophy course and I got It.
My 16 year old son went through a terrible drug problem and I handed him this book. He read it in one night bs it turned his life around.
Don't be blind. This is essential to your life's guiding principles.
Insightful and reflective.
Worthwhile read, but nothing you won’t find elsewhere
If you have read any self help literature you will find nothing new in this book. The book is interesting looking at it as the source of a lot of modern self help thinking.
His description of his time in the concentration camps was a bit clinically detached. I appreciated this because I was not in a place to process a more emotional approach.
The second half of the book was a dry discourse on his personal field of Logotherapy. I didn’t find it very approachable. I think it was a missed opportunity.
I’m glad I read the book. It is a interesting snapshot of history.