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Man's Search For Meaning
Man's Search For Meaning
Author: Viktor E. Frankl
Psychiatrist Victor Frankl tells the story of the three years he spent as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, where he discovered that the will to find meaning in life motivates human existence. One of the 10 most influential books in the Library of Congress/Book-of-the-Month Club's 1991 Survey of Lifetime Readers. — Man's Search ...  more » is the chilling yet inspirational story of Viktor Frankl's struggle to hold on to hope during the unspeakable horrors of his years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Through every waking moment of his ordeal, Frankl's training as a psychiatrist lent him a remarkable perspective on the psychology of survival. As a result of these experiences, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning. Frankl's assertion that "the will to meaning" is the basic motivation for human life has forever changed the way we understand our humanity in the face of suffering.
ISBN-13: 9780671667368
ISBN-10: 067166736X
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 221
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Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This is a true story of a psychiatrist imprisoned in Auschwitz. It's difficult to read due to its painful candor, but leaves you amazed at how human beings can find beauty in life, even in the most awful situations.
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A psychological and existential look at life by a man who lived through the Nazi concentration camps. The first part of the book is a description of his experiences... every grim and horrifying detail. The second part of the book is Frankl's existential theory of psychology and finding meaning in life.
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The book is split into 2 sections:

1) The author's time at a concentration camp in Auschwitz
2) An explanation of his views on logotherapy, a strain of psychology he developed

It's a bit slow and boring in the 2nd half of the book, nevertheless, there are some important concepts that Frankl goes into, mainly, that even though we have no control over what happens to us in life, we DO have control over how we interpret these forces.
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Victor Frankel ~ the author is a survivor of the Nazi death camps. This book includes his experiences in the camps as well as his philosophy on how to endure and rise above difficult circumstances.


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