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)
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
this real life story and discussion on the horrific life inside a concentration camp unveils some significant truths to help find meaning in dire circumstances. A great read for anyone to help make sense of difficult times and to discover certain hard to see truths about life.
The first half (author's personal experience at nazi camps) is easy to understand. The second half (logotherapy), not so much. Maybe it's because I'm neither a therapist nor a patient. My take away is that in order for one to be happy, one needs to find a meaning for life first. Life cannot be reversed but you can always change your attitude, which is the essence of many other philosophers and spiritual teachers theory. So, I would say this is a special book but it's still interesting to read.
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