There is always someone worse off than you. I know you have heard it and intellectually you understand. But, it is great to hear the first hand account of someone not only worse off than you but counseled others with terrible loss.
Your own suffering is personal and no less painful because it doesn't involve beatings and starvation. However, hearing the philosophy of a man that endured hell and still lived a meaningful life is terribly grounding and helpful in my own trials and tribulations.
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A must read and an easy read! I have heard quotes about Viktor e. Frankl since I started to read books 5-6 years ago. A death camp surviver and a psychiatrist this man gives great perspective about how you can think about life and it's meaning.
I think this should be required reading for school. Why? It makes you think about why you are here on earth.
I also likes the way Frankl twists thoughts. For instance you can ask what is the meaning of life. But you can also think that life is asking you the same question! See what he did!? :) read it! Great investment of focus, concentration and time. Let me know what you thought!
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Viktor Frankl is a well-known name in the field of psychiatry; though his name may be obscure to the general public. Frankl is a survivor of four concentration camps in WWII.
The first chapters of “Man’s Search for Meaning” explain what it is like to lose one’s physical freedom. Frankl notes Freud’s belief that, when a group of people are denied food, they will create a similar psychological profile. However, Frankl’s experience shows that denial of a basic necessity of life creates differentiation; not continuity. Humans revert to personal and individuated instincts. Within an enslaved and imprisoned group, the mean become meaner; the placid become more placid; often exhibiting extreme behaviors. Some fellow prisoners become guards while others withdraw into their own minds; many only doing whatever is necessary to survive but others becoming homicidal or suicidal. Loss of physical freedom makes prisoners more rather than less psychologically differentiated; which is the opposite of what Freud suggests.
Frankl survives many of the worst conditions of life and uses that experience to formulate a psychiatric therapy that explores life’s meaning. Frankl infers every life has meaning and those who are challenged by life can be made psychologically whole by understanding what their meaning is in life. Frankl argues that alcoholism, drug addiction, and other obsessive/compulsive behaviors, can be successfully treated by finding one’s meaning in life. Once that meaning is understood, Frankl believes patients will modify destructive behavior, and begin feeling better about their self and their role in life.
Frankl infers “belief in something greater than one self” is more than a good beginning for life’s journey. He infers it is the essential ingredient of psychological health. A psychotherapy that begins with the idea of life’s meaning seems eminently practical; particularly in light of Viktor Frankl’s storied life.
Read this book. I have gone through it twice now and am now taking notes on my third time. I've never experienced something this beautiful and horrific at the same time, I recommend this book to everyone.
This was my first time experiencing this book, and I must say I wish I had long ago. Not only are Frankl's insights timeless, but his commentary on the perils facing society at the time of his writing are every bit as relevant today as they were then, and perhaps more. I believe this book can improve anyone's life that gives it the opportunity, and I can honestly say this is the first book I fully plan to listen to a second time (and perhaps many more).
You can drive you thoughts in any situation... Suffering is part of life as death... The fact is, for this last one you don't have an option to avoid, for everything else your mind dictates.
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yes. because it is compelling in every respect. Frankl's experiences at Auschwitz and Dachau were mind blowingly brutal and yet he managed to maintain a clinical perspective throughout, without losing his humanity. The insights he drew from his experiences are profound and everyone should hear them.
Carl Jung's Memories Dreams Reflections. Because they're both brilliant psychiatrists who think a lot more deeply and clearly than I can...I find this inspiring.
A soul's survival story
Thank you Dr. Frankl!