Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

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by Viktor E. Frankl
     
 

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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

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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 ten most influential books in America. —Library of Congress/Book-of-the-Month Club "Survey of Lifetime Readers"

"Viktor Frankl's timeless formula for survival. One of the classic psychiatric texts of our time, Man's Search for Meaning is a meditation on the irreducible gift of one's own counsel in the face of great suffering, as well as a reminder of the responsibility each of us owes in valuing the community of our humanity. There are few wiser, kinder, or more comforting challenges than Frankl's." —Patricia J. Williams, author of Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race

"Dr. Frankl's words have a profoundly honest ring, for they rest on experiences too deep for deception… A gem of a dramatic narrative, focused upon the deepest of human problems." —Gordon W. Allport, from the Preface

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

"[Man's Search for Meaning] might well be prescribed for everyone who would understand our time." —Journal of Individual Psychology

"An inspiring document of an amazing man who was able to garner some good from an experience so abysmally bad… Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"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)

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807014288
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
9,165
File size:
2 MB

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Patrick J. Williams
Viktor Frankl's timeless formula for survival. One of the classic psychiatric texts of our time, Man's Search for Meaning is a meditation on the irreducible gift of one's own counsel in the face of great suffering, as well as a reminder of the responsibility each of us owes in valuing the community of our humanity. There are few wiser, kinder, or more comforting challenges than Frankl's.
— Patricia J. Williams, author of Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race

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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Man's Search for Meaning - with New Foreward 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 185 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
younity521 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
curnet More than 1 year ago
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.
John-GaltMN More than 1 year ago
A book everyone should read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ScottyJS More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TRS1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read about not only about the concentration camps but how to handle the hard times in ones life
Jose J. Ortiz More than 1 year ago
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.
Mahjarunner More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Everybody should read books like this to overcome the difficulties of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read with a mind open to looking at "the glass half FULL" rather than "half empty." Given the extraordinary life Frankl lived and endured, his thoughts deserve reverent and attentive consideration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Helps someone better understand the "meaning of life" by using situations the author was placed in during the Holocaust
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there anything more? You can't control your life, but you can control how you feel. You always have the freedom to choose how you will respond to what happens to you. Although I am very grateful to have not lived his life and pain and torment, I have been born again in what he has learned. Five stars times five....
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bulbrandt More than 1 year ago
A book that will stay in my thoughts for a long time. I expect I will reread portions of this book over again and perhaps many times. It is especially timely today seeing the rise of antisemitism In this country and in Europe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heavy duty
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