Viktor Frankl is known to millions as the author of "Man's Search for Meaning", his harrowing Holocaust memoir. In this book, he goes more deeply into the ways of thinking that enabled him to survive imprisonment in a concentration camp and to find meaning in life in spite of all the odds. Here, he expands upon his groundbreaking ideas and ...
Viktor Frankl is known to millions as the author of "Man's Search for Meaning", his harrowing Holocaust memoir. In this book, he goes more deeply into the ways of thinking that enabled him to survive imprisonment in a concentration camp and to find meaning in life in spite of all the odds. Here, he expands upon his groundbreaking ideas and searches for answers about life, death, faith and suffering. Believing that there is much more to our existence than meets the eye, he says: 'No one will be able to make us believe that man is a sublimated animal once we can show that within him there is a repressed angel.' In "Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning", Frankl explores our sometimes unconscious desire for inspiration or revelation. He explains how we can create meaning for ourselves and, ultimately, he reveals how life has more to offer us than we could ever imagine.
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In his usual manner, in this book Viktor Frankl creates a blend between the psychological and the spiritual aspect of the human person. Frankl combines the transcendent dimension of the human person with the reality of everyday life. Viktor Frankl truly gives the human being the dignity he deserves.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-09-22 Viennese psychiatrist Frankl (born in 1905, he died earlier this month) completed Man's Search for Meaning, a founding text of survivor literature, after taking furtive notes on scraps of concentration camp paper. Fifty years, 10 million copies and 33 other books later, Frankl expands upon the ideas broached in his seminal work with this amalgam of speeches and updated versions of previous publications. Potential readers, however, will need a vast grasp of philosophic and psychiatric jargon to understand most of this book, as the author is still doing ideological battle with his contemporaries from the 1930s, Freud and Adler, and is most often writing for peers. Ever the optimist, Frankl claims that to be human is to yearn for meaning in our lives. "Ultimate" meaning, an existential truth of self, is, he says, found through the acceptance of responsibility and by transcending the self through work and love. Jokes and anecdotes enliven parts of the book but their frequent duplication cries out for judicious editing. The final chapter, a 1985 speech from which the book takes its title, is in plain English and would have been better placed at the front. Although Frankl's preface attests to his involvement with this edition, it is hardly a fitting sequel to his universally beloved masterwork or a substantial valedictory effort. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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