Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl

  • Release Date: 2022-05-28
  • Genre: Psychology
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 142 Ratings)

Description

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. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, 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. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man's Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.

Reviews

  • Insight

    5
    By Teco65
    Insightful and delightful! I learned a lot from this book. The stories of others and the personal insight as Mr. Frankl experienced at the Concentration Camps were very touching!!
  • Frankl's Odyssey: Beyond Existence to Meaningful Enlightenment

    5
    By Mustafa Abuhamdeh
    To label Dr. Frankl's method of addressing profound tragedies as merely "revolutionary" would be to do it a significant disservice. Where Freudians tread the path of pleasure-seeking and the Aldrians pursue the allure of power, Dr. Frankl embarked on a more nuanced journey. He endeavored to discern meaning from the tapestry of our experiences, be they commendable or deeply harrowing. His perspective ushers us towards an elevated state of awareness, inviting us to grapple with the existential challenges intrinsic to the human condition: the ephemeral nature of joy, the elusiveness of self-actualization, the inexorable march of time, and the occasional desolation of merely existing. Yet, amidst these contemplations, Frankl beckons us to unearth a profound sense of purpose. His brainchild, logotherapy, stands out as a beacon for its innovative approach to addressing neurosis. This therapeutic method is particularly adept at countering what Dr. Frankl astutely termed "the existential vacuum" - a life devoid of meaning. This work is not merely another addition to one's reading list; it is an essential literary pilgrimage for those in pursuit of deeper understanding and enlightenment.

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