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With a new Foreword by Harold S. Kushner and a new Biographical Afterword by William J. Winslade

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 ...

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Overview

With a new Foreword by Harold S. Kushner and a new Biographical Afterword by William J. Winslade

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.

Beacon Press, the original English-language publisher of Man's Search for Meaning, is issuing this new paperback edition with a new Foreword, biographical Afterword, jacket, price, and classroom materials to reach new generations of readers.

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One of the great books of our time. —Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

"One of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years."—Carl R. Rogers (1959)

"An enduring work of survival literature." —New York Times

"An accessible edition of the enduring classic. The spiritual account of the Holocaust and the description of logotherapy meets generations' need for hope."—Donna O. Dziedzic (PLA) AAUP Best of the Best Program

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807014295
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 6/14/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 165
  • Sales rank: 10,147
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Viktor E. Frankl was professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School until his death in 1997. His twenty-nine books have been translated into twenty-one languages. During World War II, he spent three years in Auschwitz, Dachau, and other concentration camps.

Harold S. Kushner is rabbi emeritus at Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, and the author of bestselling books including When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Living a Life That Matters, and When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough.

William J. Winslade is a philosopher, lawyer, and psychoanalyst who teaches psychiatry, medical ethics, and medical jurisprudence at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    A nice book for someone looking to make sense of the world

    I continue to look for books to read that give meaning to my life. I was overwhelmed with the positive reviews for this book so i chose to read it. I wasnt disappointed as i read through it in less than a day. It touches on his experience through a concentration camp and describes a great deal into logotherapy...or finding one's reason to live. In a time when it seems all of our immediate needs are met, i too, feel a sense of hopelessness or meaningless as i am unemployed with a mountain of student loan debt. This book certainly shifted my focus on the outlook i have on life and definitely lived up to the reviews. I Recommend it!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    One of the Most Enlightening Books You'll Ever Read

    Through his Holocaust tale of incredible strength and courage, Frankl forces you to take a look at your own life and implement some powerful changes. Frankl's life story proves that, no matter what happens to you in your life, you can always choose to focus on the positive and move forward in the direction of your hopes and dreams.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    Fascinating and short In the first half of this fascinating litt

    Fascinating and short
    In the first half of this fascinating little book, Frankl describes his years in the concentration camps (including Auschwitz) with the purpose of analyzing the behavior of people in extreme situations. He admits that someone who wasn't there can't give a very detailed or personal account, but a person who WAS there can't give a detached account because they were emotionally involved. I think he did an excellent job of viewing the situation with detachment, considering the situation. This was a really interesting little memoir. The second half of the book introduces his theory of psychoanalysis: logotherapy. Logotherapy is focused on man's search for meaning; in contrast to Freudian theory focusing on man's search for pleasure and Adlerian theory focusing on man's search for power. I think Logotherapy is the most sensible form of psychotherapy I've ever heard of. How can I argue that our happiness depends on our perceiving our own purpose? I admit I felt a little skepticism when he kept bringing up examples of how he'd "cured" someone after only one session--he must have been a particularly clever person to manage that so often. But that aside, I think the technique of finding meaning in a patient's life is rather useful.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Inspiring

    Frankl gives a description of the humanity present where we are told it doesn't exist. His detailing of logotherapy gives new light to Freudian dominated psychology.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Where Have You Been All My Life?

    I had received "Man's Search For Meaning" a couple of years ago as a gift. Since that time it had languished on my bookshelf, overcome by other priorities. After all, it was written in 1959, so it could wait a bit longer, right? Having just finished this book I really wish I would have made the time earlier. The lessons within could have easily been applied earlier and with great results. This book is simply remarkable. At 165 pages, "Man's Search For Meaning" is lightweight compared to some of my other reads, but this book took me some time to read, not because the subject matter was difficult, but because it really caused me to stop and reflect many a time. Great things really do come in small packages - less is more. "Man's Search For Meaning" is a life changing book that you simply cannot afford to pass up.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    I don't normally write reviews, but I felt that I must for this

    I don't normally write reviews, but I felt that I must for this extraordinary book. It is about Viktor's experiences and what he learned from those unimaginable experiences. Not an easy read-emotionally or intellectually, but a book that will always be part of my top ten. This is profound stuff.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2012

    A book everyone should read!

    A book everyone should read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    In books, in HBR or WSJ articles, in our conversations with each

    In books, in HBR or WSJ articles, in our conversations with each other, we touch on how important it is to have meaning in our work. This book puts it in the most extreme perspective. I found it deeply moving and helpful. I strongly recommend it for anyone at a crossroad.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    a definite must read

    A great read about not only about the concentration camps but how to handle the hard times in ones life

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Hands down everyone should read this book... Everyone

    This book is incredible. The first part of the book justifies the author's place as a knowledgeable psychotherapist and keeps you from thinking he is just some wing nut. The second part explains his teachings, views, and shares some of his experiences which justify again just how knowledgeable the author is. Recommended for anybody going through any life circumstance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    I first read this book many years ago, then read it again. Now at the age of 83 I have read it again. It is a wonderful book that shows deep insight into the Holocaust, those who died and those who survived. Every person ought to read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    A classic, must read

    No matter how much I read about the Holocaust, I am always amazed that ANYONE survived. This book is an honest insight into what it took to live every single day one step at a time. Inspiring, insightful and definitely worth the time to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    A classic of "positive thinking" that is worth reading

    I have often heard of this book in reference to stories of overcoming adversity and learning to choose your attitude and outlook even in dire circumstances. I finally decided I would check it out for myself.

    The first part is Viktor's story of life in the Nazi concentration camps. The second part is about his treatment method, logotherapy. Since I am not a practicing therapist, I found the first part more interesting.

    Although I liked the book and did get some inspiration from it, my favorite book so far about surviving the concentration camps is Corrie ten Boom's "The Hiding Place". Frankl's knowledge as a psychiatrist does allow him to make interesting observations about what is happening around him and the people he interacts with.

    Definitely worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Should be required reading

    I enjoyed this book so much - I had so many 'a ha' moments while I was reading it. The first part is somewhat difficult to read in terms of being confronted with so much suffering, but the second part puts the human condition in context. I wish I'd read this much sooner.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Wow, this book sure makes you understand better how humans can c

    Wow, this book sure makes you understand better how humans can control so much of their lives with positive attitudes. Very well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    EVERY PERSON SHOULD READ

    Teachers should have this on their personal list, psychiattrist should recommend it, I nearly highlighyed the whole book where he shared so much strength when mine seem selfish. I would put this next to my Bible for guidamce

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

    Viktor E. Frankl wrote how he felt down to the wire, including t

    Viktor E. Frankl wrote how he felt down to the wire, including the times when he had become numb and felt nothing during his horrific starvation and labor in the concentration camps. I have admired his work for the simplicity of the feelings he portrayed. It seems even when he had lost a piece of himself, had disconnected from himself, he was somehow able to view his circumstances with an objective level-headedness that astounds me. If you are interested in the holocaust, this is a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Incredible

    This man is one of the wisest people I have ever encountered. His book, though concise, is rich with insight & is nothing short of profound.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    A Must Read

    I cannot say enough about how much this book has to offer. I became intrigued by Viktor Frankl's therapy style during my Individual Counseling class and my Positive Psychology class in college. His message that we have the power to choose Who we are and How we are in any given situation is truly eye opening when put in the context of his own experiences in the concentration camps during WWII. This is a must-read-book for all humankind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    A must-read to everybody!

    The experiences of Dr. Viktor Frankl, as a Nazi death camp survivor, empowered him to survive with a clear perspective almost any adversity imaginable. This book is a life-changing experience! Two thumbs way up for this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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