Man's Search for Meaning Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 2006
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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
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.
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I was late to the party - most of you probably already read it - but I am at an age where looking for the meaning of my life is maybe more important than ever. Viktor Frankl, as you know, was a psychiatrist who was imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. There, while he suffered, he also learned, and when he was released, he wrote this book. Could we possibly have a more seasoned teacher?
I picked up dozens of life lessons, but for brevity's sake, will mention only a few. For much more, I highly, highly recommend this book. I don't think you can be fully educated about your life's course until you read it thoughtfully. And don't be afraid, as I was, of the heartbreaking circumstances of the camps. Frankl uses them as a basis for making his points, but doesn't sensationalize them. Even a wuss like me can handle it.
Here are some of the best concepts I gleaned from Man's Search for Meaning:
* Don't ask what is the meaning of life. Ask what meaning you are giving to your existence, for this is your responsibility.
* Meaning can be found in suffering. In America, we act like we're ashamed of it. Why not hold your head up and suffer proudly? Add it to your list of accomplishments. Don't seek it, but if you're stuck with it, do it well. Add it to your life's accounting.
* Man can endure anything if he sees a purpose. In one example, a widower couldn't rise above his grief. Frankl helped him see that by being the survivor, the man spared his late wife the pain. Thus he was heroic.Read more ›
Perhaps Frankl does not know it himself, but what he describes in his narration of the "apathy" that many of his fellow inmates fell victims to, is the process of ponerization, where a human being loses their humanity when exposed repeatedly to inhumanity and cruelty. It is also interesting that the capos, who were prisoners themselves yet in put in charge of other prisoners, where chosen by the SS based on their character, and were often more sadistic and cruel against other prisoners than the German guards themselves. A survival of the heartless, especially if we account for Frankl's statement: "We who have come back, by the aid of many lucky chances or miracles-whatever one may choose to call them-we know: the best of us did not return".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Everybody should read this book, it is the best account of what happened in the death camps, but it is also full of home and what life is al l bout.Published 14 days ago by Guillermo Murchison
This book is so well written. I've read it more than once because there is so much to it. I originally borrowed a copy then decided to buy 2 - for myself and a friend. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good book with a different insight on the damaging effects of concentration camps.Published 20 days ago by Jonathan P
As a psychiatric nurse, I have not found a better system for suicide prevention than Logotherapy. Frankl is so right, so very right about what makes people tick. A great read.Published 24 days ago by cahill evergreen
How blessed we are, all of us. This book helps look at your life and focus on the positive.Published 1 month ago by C. Corbett
Cannot wait to read more about logotherapy. Wish I had read this book earlier in my life. Much food for thought.Published 1 month ago by Michael Dawson
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