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)
If I had to choose a must-read-list this one would be a sure candidate. It has the ability to touch you in so many levels. There is not only the insights into and behind the scenes from "the horrors of concentration camps", but a personal story of struggle and contemplation. All of this in the light of his own theories about us humans, what drives us and how we may search for happiness. I would like to recommend this book to you with my deepest conviction it holds true wisdom!
Frankel's account of his concentration experience is not as moving as those of Elie Wiesel, but the second half of the book on logotherapy draws together the threads of that experience into a structure for treating patients struggling with the existential crisis of life's meaning. Frankel, the founder of logotherapy (meaning therapy), is with Freud and Adler one of the primary Viennese psychiatrists of the 20th century. For Freud sexual conflicts were key to understanding mental turmoil. For Adler it was the struggle for personal power and superiority. Frankel thought that mental conflicts arose from a desire to know the why of existence. He thought that if we know the why we can live with any what. He said the why is clear if we can love someone and if we can work at something we enjoy.
The concentration camp experience also taught Frankel that he had control over his thoughts and feelings. No SS soldier could change his thoughts. He could always go somewhere in his mind. Frankel foreshadowed the present day's psychology of "think it and you will feel it."
Frankl captures the world of the concentration camp with stunning vividness. As a psychiatrist he describes the madness of Auschwitz that could bring one to tears. He puts to shame the evil that is of the human condition. One is left in awe and disgust at what we have become and what we have the potential to become. This book is a must read for those who really want an insight into real suffering. After this book one is fortified, confident in the knowledge that no hell is worsse than what Frankl and others endured. One is awakened by coming to face with the potential evil that lives in us all - that which may be released in the set up of the concentration camp. This is about what Guantanamo Bay may have bordered on. As a fellow psychiatrist myself, I was able to walk with Frankl and be with him. I almost smelt and touched the scenes he described. His book is also a survival manual for the hopeless. Don't kill yourself - read this!!
This is the single most powerful book I have every read in my life, and I can attribute my strength people say they admire in me to the lessons this book taught me. This audiobook version is beautifully read, and clear, giving credit to the strong messages in Frankl's work . For some that cannot relate to the concepts this book will be interesting, but for other who can apply the messages of suffering and pain to one's own situation's, this book can be powerful.
This powerful book delivers life changing messages and a story that every person should know. The lessons are timeless and inspire, no require one to examine their own life. We are all fortunate that DR. Frankl survived the Holocaust and that he has given us a work that benefits us in such a profound way. I highly recommend this book.
The power of the written work is muted here. I actually read this book prior to listening, and I must say that the written work causes an introspection. It really is an amazing work, but somehow it didn't live up. The narrator was fine. Everything was fine. It just didn't work for me. Give it a try, and if you find it fails, read it.
It is written with such insight and honesty. The actor who reads the audible.com version is perfect for the content.
Those who discovered that the one thing they always had is their ability to chose how they react to any situation.
It would have to be the geography of the author's thoughts and feelings. The physical scenes are all pretty stark.
No, it needs to be digested slowly. I have listened to it in 1 hour increments then put it aside for a while as I think about it.
After reading Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning and being incredibly bored, I got this audiobook, as I was determined to read MSfM, but didn't have the mental patience (after getting burned by MSfUM) to sit down with it. These are two entirely different creatures and I am so glad I got this.
MSfM is beautifully written and achingly eloquent. The stories are wonderful and the explanations of logotherapy at the end are just redundant enough to make the whole thing stick in the mind. The book is highly quotable, which would be the main reason one might want a hard copy either in addition to or instead of the audible version. Because the text is so clearly and lushly descriptive and profound, and the reading so clear, I ended up playing a section in school for a class.
I could listen to this a few times and be satisfied.
I don't love British narrators and the pomp of the accent gets on my nerves, but it felt appropriate in this case and worked well. Despite being a short read, it was worth the credit.
I didn't take from this book what I thought I would. However, it was very interesting and a good story. I am so sorry that he and so many others had to endure this horrible situation. It was awful and very disturbing. Humanity never ceases to amaze me. You may take more from it from me. I think I was overwhelmed by the horrors that I couldn't grasp anything else.
The book truly lives up to all the praise heaped upon it. Great narration, enjoyable, profound. Everyone should take a listen.
"Greatful for the insight and meaning"
An amazing teasure of a book. Was a thought provocking read with much applicable-ness to inner thoughts and feelings. It truely is a must for those looking / scolars of life.
if you do not know what is in this book - you know nothing.
In some ways this is too much to hear - uncomfortable listening - but I will keep listening
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