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)
Writing one could only strive to understand; yet pray one never really gets to understand - because only way to understand the life in a concentration camp would be to live through it.
Practicing just a small subset of the techniques could potentially change the life of the reader for ever.
A good overview of Logostherapy and existential ethics. Good mix of anecdotal and academic info. Easy listening, but to really "get it" I'm gonna have to physically read it.
Dr Frankl's Man's Search for meaning has been the second most influential book in my life, the first being the Holy Bible. Finding meaning, particularly in suffering is extremely profound and so often not sought after or really thought about.
Frankl argues against depth psychology and for hight psychology. He directs people to live beyond interiority and find meaning in the active service of another or for an other.
I had been wanting to read this book for along time now. I'm glad finally got a chance to do so. This book really made me think about how my life's worries are so subjective and small compared to sufferings of others.
I was afraid to listen to this book for a long time; I thought it would be too difficult to bear. Dr. Frankl can tell of his experiences truthfully but in a way that is wise, hopeful, and occasionally humorous. Recommended reading.
The experience that the author went thru was not unique unfortunately for mankind, however his observations were. He has answered many of my questions that I had and also ones I developed while listening to this book.
I did enjoy this and will listen to it again.
The first part of the book was about his observations about peoples' reactions to being in concentration camps, and I think that's where he formed and improved his theories about what people need in order to survive.
The second part of the book was more conceptual and much less story-like than the first half of the book, but still engaging with examples of concepts in the theory he formed, called logotherapy. I especially loved that he defined meaning of life as different in every stage, circumstance, and for all different people, ever-changing and always important to find.
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