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)
Maybe others in the self-help guru "industry" have said similar things but NONE has come close to saying it with the authority and credibility of Dr. Viktor Frankl given what he endured and who he became and what he has meant, and continues to mean, to so many.
My 2 favorite quotes from this book:
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances...."
"Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how.'"
This book is not some deep philosophical rambling on the meaning of life. It's about a person's search for meaning, or more particularly about the search of Dr. Viktor Frankl, an eminent psychiatrist with a mountain of personal experience in coping with adversity, and how it can make a difference in the practical ways you view your life and handle your trials and tribulations.
Dr. Frankl was imprisoned in 4 Nazi death camps, including the infamous Auschwitz, between 1942 and 1945. He survived, while his pregnant wife, parents and brother all died. He differed with Freud who thought our primary drive in life is pleasure, in arguing that we are driven to pursue and find something meaningful in our lives. So, while we cannot, obviously, avoid suffering, Dr. Frankl says, we can choose how to cope with the hurt, find meaning in our suffering and move on with a sense of renewed purpose.
A wonderful, practical and highly recommended book.
It's difficult to describe the darkest moments of your life. It's even harder to find meaning in them. Frankl shows courage and great resilience by having created this work of art, which will help others find purpose in their struggles as well.
This book you must listen to more than once. Listening to books does not allow a person the time to stop and think about a profound statement. So listening more than once allows these philosophical moments to "soak in". I've listened to this book 3 times and will listen to it several more times. Very good book.
I was riveted by this book. It is a fascinating insight into the human psyche under extreme circumstances. It also provides a brief introduction to Frankl's Logo-therapy method of psychotherapy. The psychotherapy section of the book is just the right length. It explains just enough so that you can decide if you want to look further into the subject, but is not long winded or tedious.
I felt the performance was well executed and easy to listen to.
This book really made me think, on many levels. Written from the perspective of a survivor, who not only survived but thrived.
I first tried reading this when I was 19, I couldn't make it past the second chapter before losing interest. 10 years later, a little wiser and humbler, this book impacted me tremendously.
Deep perception and insight into the human condition woven together with Frankl's story of survival in the Nazi death camps make this book one of the most compelling tomes you will ever read. Time and time again Frankl's nuggets of wisdom have helped me through difficult moments.
Wife, Mother, 1965,
Thank you Mr. Frankl for sharing your innermost pain and shame using your expert literary, philological and theological talents. I am encouraged, strengthened and guided to higher plains through your transparency. Indebted.
This is a wonderful book and so much more than I expected. It's not just another holocost survivor's account (although those are important) it's about making sense of what happened and how to survive terrible events which theaten to overcome you.
A must read for those who want to stop thinking and analyzing the past to heal the future. After listening the horrible story and all of the things Mr. Frankl had to go through it just make u think and be grateful to be where you are and just start fixing it right away.
Thanks to this book I discover that there is logo-therapy which is not like psychoanalysis focused on analyzing the past just focused on the future.
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.
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