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Man's Search for Meaning | [Viktor E. Frankl]

Man's Search for Meaning

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.
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Publisher's Summary

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

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

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"An enduring work of survival literature." (The New York Times)

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    Tori 01-31-15
    Tori 01-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Profound"

    Quick read with far-reaching insight and a profound impact on the reader. Incredible psychological and life perspective from a Holocaust survivor.

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    Donna 01-24-15
    Donna 01-24-15
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    "The meaning of Gratitude"

    This book is a Wonderful read. It lends new meaning to bring grateful in all situations. I recommend this book to everyone.

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    Benjamin de Tudela 01-24-15
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    "A classic"

    Though short, it offers a glimpse of both his experience in the camps and Logotherapy. It does not go deep in any of the two. It is what it is, a document. And as such, a piece of history of human kind. And, very well read.

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    E. LEWISBURG, TN, United States 01-20-15
    E. LEWISBURG, TN, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A MUST to learn how one man overcame the odds"

    It seems like Frankl left out details which could developed the story more so. The examination of Frankl's writing was understandably noted, he was living beyond surviving, physically. He recognized his need to create his own, sometimes fictitious meaning in the camps. We could all learn from this book as some complain of the silliest, minute details in everyday life.

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    P. Evans Dallas, TX United States 01-15-15
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    "An old friend from long ago"

    Wonderful reading of a classic text that was required reading for me back in high school. Exceptionally relevant today in our throw-away culture in how we find meaning in our day to day existence

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    Kaliyuke Wellington, New Zealand 01-04-15
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    "Excellent book - highly recommended"

    Very inspiring book. I learned a lot. I intend to listen to the audio book again.

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    patrick McGoldrick 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    Man's a genius, audio/voice actin 5stars. Would recommend to anyone who's ever had the question of 'why bother living'?


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    John 07-31-14
    John 07-31-14
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    "This book changed (and saved) my life."
    What did you love best about Man's Search for Meaning?

    Meaning: just how important it is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Man's Search for Meaning?

    When he said that human love is the most important thing.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I have no answer for this weird question!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he said that those with something to live for did not despair.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a very traumatic injury and was considering suicide when I was referred to this book. I'm alive and happy now.

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    Jean the Urban Walker Queens, New York 04-16-14
    Jean the Urban Walker Queens, New York 04-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Logotherapy - the secret for LIVING explained"
    If you could sum up Man's Search for Meaning in three words, what would they be?

    Finding someone or something to live for gives one reason to WANT to have hope. I have to admit I was not prepared to like this book club reading, but I was so impressed, I listened TWICE already and will go back more. If Victor can survive the concentration camp experience and still go one to have a fulfilling life - who are we to contradict him?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first half of the book which went into the psychology of the concentration camp - the taking away of humanity by feral humans. Some of the statements are deeply profound and well worth revisiting again and again.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Victor himself - a human being stepping outside his frail humanity with his belief in life itself to help himself and others without being condemningly brutal. He understands & explains why people act... as people... without being personally judgmental. I truly appreciate - is that the correct sentiment? - his observations. It gave me great notions to ponder.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes & no - you don't want top put it down but you need to think about what is being said before you should move forward.


    Any additional comments?

    I am grateful this was a selection for our book club - it's not something I would have picked up on my own, But I would have been the worse for having missed this truly great book.

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    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14
    nina førde, Norway 03-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Meaning in therapy"
    What did you love best about Man's Search for Meaning?

    That he weaves his personal story into psychological theories and concrete examples from his clinical work


    What did you like best about this story?

    His personal narrative about the time he spent in a concentration camp


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Frankl


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Meaning


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