Man's Search for Meaning - with New Foreward

Man's Search for Meaning - with New Foreward

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ISBN-13: 9780807014295
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 06/14/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 165
Sales rank: 14,864
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About 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.

What People are Saying About This

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

From the Publisher

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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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.
jrsedivy More than 1 year ago
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.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
Stu-in-Flag More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book sure makes you understand better how humans can control so much of their lives with positive attitudes. Very well written.
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 More than 1 year ago
Everybody should read books like this to overcome the difficulties of life.
KendraRenee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A slightly different spin on the usual Holocaust stories (very good, very heart-wrenching, as they all are), but his "introduction to logotherapy"--a theory about psychiatry that came out of his concentration camp experiences--didn't impress me all that much. So man needs to find meaning in his life to feel happy and fulfilled ... is that really so revolutionary?
rybeewoods on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The first half of the book was painfully good. The second half, where he gives his theory of logotherapy in a nutshel was ok...though, he did succeed in making me want to learn more about meaning centered therapy.
CBJames on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is divided into two parts. The first deals with the author's experiences in German concentration camps during World War II. As he says in his opening paragraph Dr. Frankl is not interested in writing about the great horrors but about the every day life he experienced and in how these experiences led him to develop logotherapy, a school of psychoanalysis based on the idea that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning. To be honest, I am skeptical of this idea as I am of psychoanalysis in general, but when an author can back up his theories with experiences from Auschwitz it is difficult to remain a non-believer.Man's Search For Meaning does not go to extremes depicting life in the camps; it does not have to. As Mr. Frankl says we all know the horrors and those who are going to believe they took place already do. His focus in on the day to day issues such as how did a prisoner get enough food to survive, specifically how did he convince the man who ladled out the soup to go to the bottom of the pot and give him some of the peas that could be found there instead of just skimming broth off of the surface. When one's life is reduced to this, how can it possibly have any meaning? Dr. Frankl provides this answer:We who walked in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They many have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way......Dostoevski said once, "There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings." These words frequently came to my mind after I became acquainted with those marytrs whose behavior in camp, whose suffering and death, bore witness to the fact that the last freedom cannot be lost. It can be said that they were worthy of their sufferings; the way they bore their suffering was a genuine inner achievement. It is this spiritual freedom--which cannot be taken away--that makes life meaningful and purposeful.This is certainly not an easy path to follow. Of late the word "purpose" has been cheapened, at least here in America. Dr. Frankl survived the worst experience the 20th century could summon, and he found people there who still maintained a life the meant something and had purpose. He also found their antithesis, men whose lives had lost meaning, men who had seized on all that is dark, who wanted nothing but survival. The thing that is a little hard to accept is that he found both groups of men among the prisoners and among the guards. Only recently have writers begun to widely discuss the role of the Capos in the concentration camps. I suspect many people don't realize how important they were. The guards ran the camps, but the Capos ran the barracks, did the real day to day grunt work of keeping all the prisoners in line and working on rations and sleep well below what is needed to stay alive for long. The Capos were prisoners themselves, chosen by the guards because they were bullies enough to be willing to beat their fellow prisoners into submission when the guards weren't around to do it themselves. Dr. Frankl says the Capos enjoyed a level of power and prestige in the camps that none of them would have experienced outside them. Some of the guards were better than others. Dr. Frankl describes one who used his own money to purchase medicine for the prisoners in his camp and another who was hidden by three former prisoners when liberation came until the prisoners could convince the American soldiers that he should not be harmed. Dr. Frankl writes: From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two--the "race" of the decent man and the "race" of the indecent man. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society. N
skokie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Frankl paints a picture of life inside the concentration camp and attempts to explain the different reactions of the prisoners. I would give 3 stars to the first 80% of the book and 5 stars to his section on Logotherapy (existential psychotherapy). I especially enjoyed his comments on psychotherapy historically aiming to alleviate the internal tension, while he believes the tension between what we have done and what we still need to do/become is paramount. Therefore, Frankl states that homeostasis is not the goal ... rather we thrive in life when we are experiencing existential tension (ex: while we struggle for our goals, struggle to become someone better, struggle to develop character).