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Man's Search for Meaning | [Viktor E. Frankl]

Man's Search for Meaning

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.
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Publisher's Summary

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

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

What the Critics Say

"An enduring work of survival literature." (The New York Times)

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    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14
    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Meaning in therapy"
    What did you love best about Man's Search for Meaning?

    That he weaves his personal story into psychological theories and concrete examples from his clinical work


    What did you like best about this story?

    His personal narrative about the time he spent in a concentration camp


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Frankl


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Meaning


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    Don K in Alaska Alaska 02-12-14
    Don K in Alaska Alaska 02-12-14 Member Since 2008

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    "A Tool to Show to Yourself Why You Are Here"
    What did you love best about Man's Search for Meaning?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    If you could give Man's Search for Meaning a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How to find your reason for living.


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    Sean Pensacola, FL, United States 02-07-14
    Sean Pensacola, FL, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Graced with Wisdom from above"
    If you could sum up Man's Search for Meaning in three words, what would they be?

    Comprehensive, Applicable, Profound


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Viktor Frankl


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Viktor Frankl


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Meena 03-29-13
    Meena 03-29-13
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    "One of the most important books ever written"
    What made the experience of listening to Man's Search for Meaning the most enjoyable?

    The thesis of the book


    What other book might you compare Man's Search for Meaning to and why?

    The other great and influential works of literature. The Origin of Species, The Interpretation of Dreams and so on.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Does the accents perfectly


    Any additional comments?

    Get this Book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Haylo29 02-21-13
    Haylo29 02-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Profound"

    This book deeply affected me. Anyone struggling with depression or looking for purpose should read this book.

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    Br. Charles 01-28-13
    Br. Charles 01-28-13
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    Where does Man's Search for Meaning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Man's Search for Meaning ranks highly among the audiobooks I've listened to due to the excellent content.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Man's Search for Meaning?

    The descriptions of the conditions in the prison camps were moving and unforgettable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Numerous moments of the book moved me emotionally while others were intellectually moving.


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    MILAN 01-16-13
    MILAN 01-16-13
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    "Every thing you want to know about life.."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Man's Search for Meaning to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice that feel and deliver the story .


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, Looking forwards to the life even in very fragile environment and not loose faith and hope for the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect!!!

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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 01-09-13
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 01-09-13
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    "FABULOUS"

    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!!!

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    Mike Grass Lake, MI, United States 11-20-12
    Mike Grass Lake, MI, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "An Experience that will stick with me"
    What made the experience of listening to Man's Search for Meaning the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    “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.”


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    Gerrie 10-01-12
    Gerrie 10-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A gripping read"
    Where does Man's Search for Meaning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I knew what to expect, but it was still highly illuminating and interesting.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    Did Simon Vance do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I have heard better reads, but this was still quite acceptable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Meaning found - in an unexpected place: the future!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, but only for those who think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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