Upon his death in 1997, Viktor E. Frankl was lauded as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. The Unheard Cry for Meaning marked his return to the humanism that made Man's Search for Meaning a best seller around the world.
In these selected essays, written between 1947 and 1977, Dr. Frankl illustrates the vital importance of the human dimension in psychotherapy. Using a wide range of subjects—including sex, mortality, modern literature, competitive athletics, and philosophy—he raises a lone voice against the pseudo-humanism that has invaded popular psychology and psychoanalysis. By exploring mankind’s remarkable qualities, he brilliantly celebrates each individual’s unique potential, while preserving the invaluable traditions of both Freudian analysis and behaviorism.
©1978 Viktor E. Frankl (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Emphasizes the importance of helping people to find meaning in their lives and thus to live at their fullest potential. And—needless to say—those who live fully have neither fear of life nor fear of death." (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD)
I purchased this book because it had the word "humanism" in the title. But, the book is not about Humanism, the brand of morality that goes with atheism. It was about being-human and finding purpose, meaning, and happiness.
THE TRULY STRANGE THING is that after reading/listening to this book to the end. I didn't feel the urge to drink alcohol anymore. THE URGE DISAPPEARED overnight and I was fixed. The book has nothing to do with urges or drinking, just happiness and meaning.
This book shines a tiny light on those big questions "why am I here?", "what should i be doing?".
I believe his other books have slight religious overtones. This one does not.
I did have an extreme reaction -though I wasn't looking for it. I was interested in humanistic morality, but found information on happiness, purpose, and meaning.
This book is a collection of essays. Some of the chapters repeat information, and some chapters stray onto tangent topics. But the information is great.
I don't want to get too mystical about this book but as another reviewer mentioned, I too lost interest in alcohol after listening to it. Perhaps finding a purpose in life is the magic.
Also, the section near the end on paradoxical intention provides the best guide I've ever heard for overcoming unwanted habits and troublesome neurosis.
The narrator sounds very robotic... it's hard to finish this book.
Is Bronson Pinchot human?.. sounded very robotic.
There are definitely some interesting insights that shine a light on the importance of meaning in every person's life. However, the amount of academic, technical jargon is somewhat offputting. I'm not sure that the book was written for a lay audience. It was hard to finish because of that.
There are times when the narrator reads long strings of references to books or articles that are in other languages.
The most interesting part of the book is on paradoxical intention.
I am graduate student In the counseling field and found this to be a very useful perspective. I wish logotherapy was taught alongside the mainstream approaches. An emphasis on meaning as discussed in the book is a wonderful humanistic addition to practice and theory.
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