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)
A timeless story of a survivor of terrible experiences. Not a very different or special man, by his own words. But an extraordinary individual with a unique perspective on these experiences.
This is a book that should be studied by every sentient person who wishes to expand his understanding of what it means to be human and humane, to be a "decent" human being.
enjoyed this book immensely if that's the right word. lessons are still very pertinent today am afraid. narrator does a great job. couldn't stop listening til I reached the end.
Everyone should read this book. His experiences, joined by his intuition, provide intimate insight into how we could find meaning in our lives and share with others what it means to find the meaning of our lives. ..
this book seems to be recommended for all. i really thought i was wasting my time at first, then the ending brings it home. i really liked the last two chapters.
I have MS since age 33. I lost everything ..... my ability to work especially ate at me and then I began having terrible pain that nobody believed in bc all tests in that region came back negative. For the past two years I have suffered pain that I would not wish on anyone because I saw no end to it whereas even terrible criminals on death row know that they will die quickly quietly painlessly. in addition my family did not believe the extent of my illness. they believed me to be preying on my elderly parents whom I had to lean on for all for all needs as I was unable to work signal financial saving anymore was unable to drive and had to leave my job and all my friends to move in with my parents. I felt despair that led me very close to suicide. I has always been an avid reader and I supplement my reading with books through Audible so that if my hands are busy but my ears are free I can use my time catching up on books that I would otherwise be unable to read. I can say without a doubt that this book has kept me from choosing a route of euthanasia because my life my pain my suffering everything that has happened everything that has been taken from me I now see you in a new light. the fact that this man opened his own pain so that others may one day benefit shows perfectly how suffering may be the meaning that leads a person to wake up every morning and continue even when it seems hopeless.
There were some golden take always in this book. It's short and worth it.
1. Don't pursue happiness or success. Fulfill the responsibility that your conscience placed on you
"Potentially life changing..."
So, we all know about the Holocaust, yet this book is a bit different - told with such "tragic optimism" that the message is not moral outrage or repulsion, but of meaning in the midst of unimaginable degradation. The "why" that makes the "how" of suffering bearable. Frankle quotes Nietzsche throughout.
The most moving passages for me were his imagined conversations with his wife, (who probably by that time was dead), which nonetheless gave him the purpose for continuing to live, and the glimpses of Nature, such as sunsets, raw in beauty, beyond the barbed wire.
His message is simple - it is in loving the people we love and in the struggle that our lives demand of us, that we find meaning that transcends the mere pleasure principle. Our own "ontic logos" is individually uncovered, not found through intellectual introspection on "THE meaning of life" (which is a nonsense and which usually just leads to neurosis).
Frankle highlights the contemporary consumerist "tyranny of happiness", which is endemic in the West, so that many patients feel not just unhappy, but deeply ashamed of their unhappiness.
Existentialism is not popular in the zeitgeist, but I think we can learn much from that generation who lived through the War, and the Holocaust, and developed such philosophies of coping with terrible hardship and suffering. By contrast, we can be very superficial, and self centred, and it left me considering what issues I cared about enough to take action on. Would I regret not doing so otherwise? Yes, probably - as an opportunity wasted!
This is a humane, inspiring, potentially life changing book; well narrated, subtle, profound and unpretentious. It deserves the highest rating.
insightful discussion of our existence and what the meaning of life is. My first experience of the Aushchwitz camp.
"Deep and Thought Provoking"
This is a bool that make you think to the core of your being, it makes you ask just as the title suggests, what meaning actually is and how you can poses it.
The first half of the book is autobiographical and is an harrowing account of the concentration camps, harrowing but not graphic.
The second half is psychoanalytical and more theoretical.
I absolutely loved this book, I can recommend it to anyone one from young adult upwards.
"shook me to the core and built me up again"
my first Frankl. just had to finish. Audible is amazing at choosing right voices. grateful.
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I'd split this book into 3 sections.
The first is an amazing account of the war, Frankl's time there and the happenings. It really did open your eyes
The second part of say is about how he helped the people in camp, some links to finding meaning and purpose and crossing the bridge between his time in camp and his use of logo therapy .
The third part is where I tuned out a lot. It's his views and use of logotherapy so can get quite deep - I'm not sure if it's he subject matter or he very English narrator (which works well on the first 2 parts, not as much on the third!) but it was quite specialist!
Still, I'd rate this book highly for the first two sections!
"well read and structured"
the text was insightful and well structured. the narrative of how to make the most meaningful life was given weight by the author's experiences
simple and refreshing, helps keeping feets on ground, not undermining any suffering or problems,
"Absolutely astounding! "
This book opened my eyes to the meaning of suffering. Man is not undone by suffering but by meaninglessness
The first part talks about what he learned in his experiences in concentration camps. It doesn't focus on gory details, but rather what insights can be drawn from the conditions. The second part is an introduction to logotherapy--which seeks to help people to find meaning in their lives and thus fulfillment.
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