It was hard for me to for me to become as vividly aware of the extent and nature of the suffering so many endured. Yet through this account and the description of Victor's work, I have come to a deeper level of peace with the suffering I have encountered in this life. I feel empowered to unflinchingly witness, experience and utilize unavoidable human suffering (as well as pleasure) to reveal inner nobility. I sense this asset to be far more enduring than the possession of mere gold.
Victor Frankl's work speaks clarity into the human condition in ways few can manage. His anecdotes and efforts offer sound testament to an understanding of the world that is capable of inciting humanity to the best of our abilities.
This is more relevant every day. Take, for example, ISIS recruits who feel they have no purpose in life. ISIS gives them meaning. So, too, with many Americans but thankfully they don't turn to ISIS. Young, old, or in between, we all need a reason to be here and feel useful. Dr Frankel explains this so well in four hours it will stick with you.
A profound work indeed. As an aspiring psychologist I found this book giving me some direction for my own life, or some meaning if you will.
I will need to listen to this a few more times.
Yes, I absorb information well when I have the chance to listen to it while I'm walking or driving.
Hearing the perspective of a psycho analyst / concentration camp survivor.
He's an excellent voice actor with a nice accent.
No, but it did make me think.
My main takeaways:
1. Live and make decisions as if you're living your life for the second time as a do-over.
2. Don't dwell in the past, be your best self in the present and focus on your future.
3. It's not about what life means to me, but what I mean to life.
4. Avenues to meaning in life are work, love and turning unavoidable tragedy into triumph (seeing suffering as a growth experience).
Sheds light on how mental aspects of life can outweigh the physical attributes
Best book I've read for college so far.
There's something to be said about there being gems to be found in any given situation, in the case of this book, I must say I've stumbled upon a treasure chest. Not only has this opened my mind regards to the human psyche, but allowed me to better understand myself and the way I interact with the world around me. The will to meaning, our innate desire to find and ascribe meaning to our life, and the psychology, as well as, dare I say, the philosophy behind such an understanding of man, will not only mold and shape the way you perceive others, but the way you perceive yourself. Please, do yourself a favor, and open yourself the knowledge being given in this book, you surely won't regret it!
It's not that Viktor Frankl invented logotherapy so much as the fact that in his own suffering discovered a universal truth that man is a free agent; that he and he alone has the power to decide how to respond to all the suffering the world can possibly heap upon him. This truth is an eternal truth and when a human being can tap into that truth that person then obtains hope to overcome all challenges.