The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy

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Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl converted the horrors he experienced in a German concentration camp into the pioneering philosophy he called logotherapy. Unlike Freud’s “will to pleasure” and Adler’s “will to power,” Frankl based logotherapy on three things: the freedom of will, the will to meaning, and the meaning of life. By presenting three methodological concepts, Frankl shows how we can all reinvigorate our experiences and tie them to will and power.

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Overview


Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl converted the horrors he experienced in a German concentration camp into the pioneering philosophy he called logotherapy. Unlike Freud’s “will to pleasure” and Adler’s “will to power,” Frankl based logotherapy on three things: the freedom of will, the will to meaning, and the meaning of life. By presenting three methodological concepts, Frankl shows how we can all reinvigorate our experiences and tie them to will and power.

Originally published in 1988 and compiling Frankl’s speeches on logotherapy, The Will to Meaning is regarded as a seminal work of behavior therapy.

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“Perhaps the most significant thinking since Freud and Adler.”
– The American Journal of Psychiatry
 
“Frankl is one of the most famous and gifted of all psychiatrists… The incredible attempts to dehumanize man at Auschwitz and Dachau led Frankl to commence the humanization of psychiatry through logotherapy. Frankl is a professional who possesses the rare ability to write in a layman’s language.”
– Dr. Gerald F. Kreyche, Chairman

“I regard this book as one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years.”
– Dr. Carl Rogers 
 
“Dr. Frankl’s contribution to psychotherapy has been great. He is perhaps the only non-behaviorist to have contributed a method to behavior therapy. The modesty with which he has put forward his important work has been remarkable.”
– Dr. Joseph Wolpe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142181263
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 539,330

Meet the Author


Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna.
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Table of Contents

The Will To Meaning Preface

Introduction: The Situation of Psychotherapy and the Position of Logotherapy

Part One: Foundations of Logotherapy

Metaclinical Implications of Psychotherapy

Self-Transcendence as a Human Phenomenon

What is Meant by Meaning?

Part Two: Applications of Logotherapy

The Existential Vaccum: A Challenge to Psychiatry

Logotherapeutic Techniques

Medical Ministry

Conclusion: Dimensions of Meaning

Afterword: The De-Gurufication of Logotherapy

Selected English-Language Bibliography of Logotherapy

Subject Index

Index of Authors and Sources

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