Man's Search for Meaning is more than a story of Viktor E. Frankl's triumph: it is a remarkable blend of science and humanism and an introduction to the most significant psychological movement of our day.
©1959, 1962, 1984 Viktor E. Frankl; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks
"An enduring work of survival literature." (The New York Times)
That he weaves his personal story into psychological theories and concrete examples from his clinical work
His personal narrative about the time he spent in a concentration camp
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In the beginning, this book is interesting, even riveting, but I could not understand how it would explain what I wanted. By the time I finished it, I knew. I recently went back and reread it again. Now I own the audiobook as a reminder.
The story of his experience in a German prison camp allowed me to understand his suffering and his ability to trudge the road to his destiny while others fell to the side and died.
How to find your reason for living.
Comprehensive, Applicable, Profound
Yes, it has changed my view of suffering, and the way I look at my immediate present purpose in life. For me, I do and did have a general meaning, purpose, in my life, but that was the problem, it is too general to make any progress. It was like having a dream house already built in my head, and trying to build it all at once, or from the top down. This of course lead to failure, which lead to depression, which lead to zero progress in my goals. So, now after reading this book, and some others, even the stumbling blocks I met up with and will meet, the suffering, now has an assigned purpose, and will have, as they come. Experience is a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, as poor Richard says, but at least this fool can now keep learning.
Before his capture and imprisonment, Viktor Frankl certainly must have been brilliant in his line of work, after his experience, the fact that he lived to tell his story, continue his work, and his ability to turn such an experience into something with meaning, to me proves he was divinely inspired from a much Higher wisdom. I know for certain I lack his wisdom, I am unqualified to judge whether or not he has the wisdom I claim; nevertheless, I endorse this book by Viktor Frankl.
The thesis of the book
The other great and influential works of literature. The Origin of Species, The Interpretation of Dreams and so on.
Does the accents perfectly
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Man's Search for Meaning ranks highly among the audiobooks I've listened to due to the excellent content.
The descriptions of the conditions in the prison camps were moving and unforgettable.
Numerous moments of the book moved me emotionally while others were intellectually moving.
The voice that feel and deliver the story .
Yes, Looking forwards to the life even in very fragile environment and not loose faith and hope for the future.
This is an audio book that can be listened to time and time again, as it puts life, and all it's problems, into perspective. What a brilliant man Viktor Frankl was, and what courage and fortitude he had. Wonderful! Worth your credit!!!
The way he articulated his experiences and how he approached them. He shows you the hopelessness of a situation, then tells how he and others found meaning within it.
“Once, an elderly general practitioner consulted me because of severe depression. He could not overcome the loss of his wife who had died two years before and whom he had loved above all else. Now, how could I help him? What should I tell him? Well, I refrained from telling him anything but instead confronted him with the question, “What would have happened, Doctor, if you had died first, and your wife would have had to survive you?”
“Oh,” he said, “for her this would have been terrible; how she would have suffered!” Whereupon I replied, “You see, Doctor, such a suffering has been spared her, and it was you who have spared her this suffering – to be sure, at the price that now you have to mourn her.” He said no word but shook my hand and calmly left my office. In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of sacrifice.”
I knew what to expect, but it was still highly illuminating and interesting.
Frankl's first-hand account of the holocaust horrors to which he was exposed, is a must-read! Being able to learn lessons from it, and in fact seeing proof for his logotherapy theory developed prior to the war, is even more compelling. It is inspiring, to say the least.
I have heard better reads, but this was still quite acceptable.
Meaning found - in an unexpected place: the future!
Highly recommended, but only for those who think.
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