When Beacon Press first published Man's Search for Meaning in 1959, Carl Rogers called it "one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years." In the thirty-three years since then, this book - at once a memoir, a self-help book, and a psychology manual - has become a classic that has sold more than three million copies in English language editions. Man's Search for Meaning tells the chilling and inspirational story of eminent psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and ...
When Beacon Press first published Man's Search for Meaning in 1959, Carl Rogers called it "one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years." In the thirty-three years since then, this book - at once a memoir, a self-help book, and a psychology manual - has become a classic that has sold more than three million copies in English language editions. Man's Search for Meaning tells the chilling and inspirational story of eminent psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and other concentration camps for three years during the Second World War. Immersed in great suffering and loss, Frankl began to wonder why some of his fellow prisoners were able not only to survive the horrifying conditions, but to grow in the process. Frankl's conclusion - that the most basic human motivation is the will to meaning - became the basis of his groundbreaking psychological theory, logotherapy. As Nietzsche put it, "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." In Man's Search for Meaning, Frankl outlines the principles of logotherapy, and offers ways to help each one of us focus on finding the purpose in our lives. This new edition of Man's Search for Meaning includes a new preface by the author, in which he explains his decision to remain in his native Austria during the Nazi invasion, a choice which eventually led to his imprisonment. It also includes an updated bibliography of books, articles, records, films, videotapes, and audio tapes about logotherapy.
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For anyone interested in psychology this book should be your starting point and used repeatedly to keep you grounded.
Oct 31, 2013
a review of life in concentration camps written by a jew. Gives great insight into staying alive on a day to day basis
Oct 3, 2013
Search for Meaning
I have not finished reading this one as yet. It requires thinking about the meaning. MJB
Apr 11, 2013
why read Frankl's book
This is an important work, both the first half about his time in the Nazi concentration camps, and the seond half that explains his philosophy on "meaning".
Jan 5, 2012
This books reputation had reached me years ago after reading the '7 Habits of Highly Effective People.' It is a great book for anyone interested in getting a healthy perspective on their life. It is two books in one. The first part about the authors time in a concentration camp and then about how this experience was implemented into his medical practice. There is a great bit in the book when he states his belief that no matter what happens to you in life you can always choose how you respond.
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