Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy / Edition 1

Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy / Edition 1

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by Viktor E. Frankl
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0671023373

ISBN-13: 2900671023378

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: Pocket Books

Now in its 60th year — the landmark bestseller by the great Viennese psychiatrist remembered for his tremendous impact on humanity

Internationally renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known

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Now in its 60th year — the landmark bestseller by the great Viennese psychiatrist remembered for his tremendous impact on humanity

Internationally renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, 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.

Cited in Dr. Frankl's New York Times obituary in 1997 as "an enduring work of survival literature," Man's Search for Meaning is more than the story of Viktor E. Frankl's triumph: It is a remarkable blend of science and humanism and "a compelling introduction to the most significant psychological movement of our day" (Gordon W. Allport).

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ISBN-13:
2900671023378
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
224

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Man's Search for Meaning 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book about the author's discovery during the holocaust of not only the need of man to search for meaning but rather his obligation to do so, naturally remains relevant today and will continue to in the future. However, it is especially relevant in examinging the displacement of individuals in modern times and how man's subjection over the past century to mass movements that have more or less failed has doomed him to a state in which he believes in nothing. A culture of apathy has developed, and Frankl shows why that is morally reprehensible. If the suffering of the holocaust is not an excuse to give up on searching for life's meaning, then disenchatment ceratinly isn't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very helpful and interesting in a time of great need. If there is anyone out there looking for a meaning to their life...this is definitely the book for them!
kevcarp More than 1 year ago
This is the book that I will continue to re-read/listen to for the rest of my life. It provides meaning to every environment - psychological, professional, social, political. This is a book you can fall asleep to, a book you can wake to, a book you can use to take a break from what you're doing, and return to. Incredible writing. Incredible insight. Incredible read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the history of the human spirit, no book has ever accomplished what Man's Search for Meaning has. This book is a true treasure. Any 'good' person should be required to read this book. If you read one book in your lifetime, make it this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl uses important personal issues through a detachted voice to relay the mood of the Holocaust. The only strength important to survival is emotional not physical. Frankl shows through several instances that the will to survive is stronger. It is finding that will, that reason to survive, that saved lives and caused them to go on and not give up. This is a new aspect of the Holocaust, which doesn't focus on the pain and suffering but more of the hope that allows one to go on in these situations and never stop trying. Even in trying to survive, he shows that the group will suffer to spare one person and friends can be the difference between life and death. Although this is a very emotional issue, Frankl uses a calm, detached voice to describe these events, making them appear less horrifying than they were. This can be sad for some who wish to believe that one can never get used to these cruel acts, but the truth revealed by Frankl is that one has to forget about it and get used to it in order t survive themselves. It's sad and despressing but in the end, one can only think about what in one's own life can make them continue and be their own meaning to life.
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AngelaGaribay More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! based on his experiences as a concentration camp inmate, Viktor Frankl describes his psychotherapeutic method (called Logotherapy) of discovering a motive for living. Frankl will take you through the three stages of concentration camp imprisonment: Shock, Apathy, and depersonalization. Indeed an unforgetable journey. I highly recommend it. Angela...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Frankl very deftly draws you into the personal experience of the enormous difficulty and stress of Auschwitz, and the very powerful truths he found there - and which helped to him to survive. Do you know the one freedom that cannot be taken from you? This should be required reading for every American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a long time, I'd heard about this book and seen it quoted by other authors. I finally realized that if so many great writers and speakers were familiar with it, I should be too. It is definitely a must read. It is in my personal top 10 list of all time. Frankl's revelations and wisdom from his horrifying experience will intrigue and amaze you. This book will be underlined, highlighted, and dog-earred. I promise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all of us who have 'enough to live by but nothing to live for;...the means but no meaning.' This book gives clear reason to why we all miss the mark when we seek the meaning of our idividual journeys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was touching to the point that it was painful to read at times. Yet, the overall message of this book is wonderfully exhilarating. Whatever meaning you find in your life is your life. If that meaning gives you hope, you will have hope. If that meaning gives you despair, you will find despair. This is a fantastic piece of existential work! The whole idea in this book reminds me a bit of the concept of the self-system in Toru Sato's genuis book 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit'. Now 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' is a much newer book but it is another truly excellent book that takes these things one step further by integrating these ideas with the psychology of relationships as well as transpersonal experiences. I recommend this Frankl and Sato's book very very much! They are both outstanding!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Viktor Frankl demonstrates that the void which we all try to fill with the things of this world is a vacuum that can only be filled with a transcendent, ultimate meaning. The only way he discovered this himself is having suffered brutally in a concentration camp. If you have any doubts, read pg. 131 and see if life doesn't provide second chances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When reading this book you can not but wonder at times why you are. The horror that was experienced was terrible however, I felt compelled to see what kept him going. Viktor Frankl say's that you can choose your response to any given situation. I get to agree. Funny isn't it that's what Steven Covey says when he talks about the circle of influence and about being Pro-active. How many of us are though? WOW THAT IS ALL CAN SAY! I love this book, will gift it to many friends. Definatly food for thought. Easy read too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some books entertain and some inform, this one can really make a difference in your life. Definetely a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my husband's office was attacked and destroyed with many of his beloved and talented employees on September 11th, we had to wonder what is the meaning of this. This book was given to him by his therapist as a first step in the healing process. This book has brought us a little bit of peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book because I learned a lot from it because in this day in time people don't look at that situation tha is why I encourage everybody to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While it's interesting to read of the psychology of people in the German death camps, Frankl's 'will to meaning' is not backed nearly enough, and falls short of the master, Freud, and even of Adler and Fromm.