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Man's 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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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-17-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-17-14

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Meaning IS happiness."

    “A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how".”
    - Viktor E Frankl

    I read an interesting article in the NYTImes a couple weeks ago that lead me to finally pick this book up. Actually, a couple good articles. The first was titled 'Love People, Not Pleasure' and it was about how "this search for fame, the lust for material things and the objectification of others — that is, the cycle of grasping and craving — follows a formula that is elegant, simple and deadly: Love things, use people." The author uses an inversion of this formula that DOES lead to happiness: Use things, Love People (also quoted by Spencer W. Kimball). This article + another recent one from the Atlantic titled 'There's More to Life Than Being Happy' made it clearly evident to me that I needed to finally dust of my yellowed, Goodwill copy of Man's Search for Meaning, plug in my earbuds and experience this book that the Universe clearly wanted me to read this week.

    So, imagine a renowned Jewish therapist writes in 1946 (in 9 days) about his experiences at and survival in Auschwitz, and then adds his own psychotherapeutic method (Logotherapy), finding happiness by finding a meaning, a responsibility, a love, and ultimately self-determining. Perhaps it is a consequence of Frankl's work surrounding me in other writings, in popular psychotherapy, in various internet Memes and articles OR perhaps it is just a consequence of my own resilience to my own suffering that this book wasn't much of a revelation. I was like ... yup, makes a lot of sense. Good job. I think it is a great book for what it is. I just don't always get super-excited by self-help psychology books. This one is on the better end of the bell curve for this type, but I guess my problem is with the type. Other than that (minus 1-star for my type bias) it was a great book.

    23 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 04-05-17
    Ryan 04-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great book although I expected more"

    This book is good and very insightful. For as many great reviews and acclaim it achieved, I did expect much more but I am glad I listened to it. The author is brilliant in the fact he makes it so simple - basically the whole book is an explanation of the following. Without meaning, life will cease to thrive. If you can find meaning in life, happiness will ensue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 08-28-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 08-28-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Frankl was a Holocaust survivor and so much more"

    I listened to Night by Holocaust survivor by Elie Wiesel immediately prior to Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Frankl was born in 1905, 23 years before Wiesel, so he has well established general practice physician, psychiatrist, and neurologist when he was sent to Nazi concentration camps for 3 years at age 37. He was still required to perform lard labor in the four camps. He lost his parents and wife during the Holocaust with he and his sister being the only survivors in his family.

    This book details his time in Nazi concentration camps, but its other major topic is his development of logotherapy, a form of existential therapy used modern psychiatry. The logotherapy concept uses the theory that humans need a cause, a purpose, to live fulfilling lives. Many believe that Freud made the most important contributions to modern psychiatry. Freud's contributions were very significant but the pale into virtual insignificance compared to Frankl's contributions. Man's Search for Meaning discusses the worldwide use and success of logotherapy.

    This is a short book at less than 5 hours, but it is a critically important one. It is one that everyone should read, and then reread again and again. The book was written in 1946 but has been updated several times. This audiobook is the 1995 update, the final one.. It contains wisdom that can help every person live a more fulfilling life. Simon Vance's narration is outstanding.

    Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is must listen non-fiction that can literally change ones life. It has my highest recommendation.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Andy 07-28-16
    Andy 07-28-16
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    "Conquering through wisdom and the will to live."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Man's Search for Meaning to be better than the print version?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    When Frankl decided to make every obstacle he faced a challenge. He imagined himself giving lectures to students about life in a death 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?

    Out of Ashes


    Any additional comments?

    Viktor Frankl was very fortunate to have not been executed or murdered while being in a Nazi death camp. His firsthand knowledge of what a person can endure in severe hardships and atrocities is educational,uplifting,and beneficial to mankind. I love this book and have read and listened to it a few times. Good read and good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GB 10-01-15
    GB 10-01-15 Member Since 2015

    A guy who likes books :)

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    "Truly important book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. because it is compelling in every respect. Frankl's experiences at Auschwitz and Dachau were mind blowingly brutal and yet he managed to maintain a clinical perspective throughout, without losing his humanity. The insights he drew from his experiences are profound and everyone should hear them.


    What other book might you compare Man's Search for Meaning to and why?

    Carl Jung's Memories Dreams Reflections. Because they're both brilliant psychiatrists who think a lot more deeply and clearly than I can...I find this inspiring.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could give Man's Search for Meaning a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A soul's survival story


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Dr. Frankl!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K J Malone 08-21-15
    K J Malone 08-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than I imagined"

    Have of course heard references to this book for ages, had always been curious

    Amazingly even handed, dispassionate about things would expect to be written about sensationally, well written, overall positive spin on a very negative experience, great approach to treatment in last section of book, compelling hypothesis well supported.

    Narrator amazingly well matched to emotional tone of content, significantly improved experience of the book

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    Billy Womack Tampa, Florida USA 08-12-15
    Billy Womack Tampa, Florida USA 08-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read with a Amazing story"

    Loved it.
    Great information and Amazing story behind it. It also gives you great in site of the pain so many have been through.

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    vivida05 08-10-15
    vivida05 08-10-15
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    "masterful!"

    one of the best books I ever heard or read! worth 2nd read for sure!

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    Sean Estey Edmonton, AB, Canada 08-06-15
    Sean Estey Edmonton, AB, Canada 08-06-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Inspiring"

    If Viktor Frankl could find meaning in Auschwitz, what excuse do the rest of us have?

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    Mark 07-29-15
    Mark 07-29-15
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    "Great book. A must reward for anyone trying to find meaning in life."

    Victor's personal experience stand in stark contrast to a lot of "theoretical" writings on this subject. Definitely a book I will listen to again.

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  • Jim Vaughan
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    12/2/12
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    "Potentially life changing..."

    So, we all know about the Holocaust, yet this book is a bit different - told with such "tragic optimism" that the message is not moral outrage or repulsion, but of meaning in the midst of unimaginable degradation. The "why" that makes the "how" of suffering bearable. Frankle quotes Nietzsche throughout.



    The most moving passages for me were his imagined conversations with his wife, (who probably by that time was dead), which nonetheless gave him the purpose for continuing to live, and the glimpses of Nature, such as sunsets, raw in beauty, beyond the barbed wire.



    His message is simple - it is in loving the people we love and in the struggle that our lives demand of us, that we find meaning that transcends the mere pleasure principle. Our own "ontic logos" is individually uncovered, not found through intellectual introspection on "THE meaning of life" (which is a nonsense and which usually just leads to neurosis).



    Frankle highlights the contemporary consumerist "tyranny of happiness", which is endemic in the West, so that many patients feel not just unhappy, but deeply ashamed of their unhappiness.



    Existentialism is not popular in the zeitgeist, but I think we can learn much from that generation who lived through the War, and the Holocaust, and developed such philosophies of coping with terrible hardship and suffering. By contrast, we can be very superficial, and self centred, and it left me considering what issues I cared about enough to take action on. Would I regret not doing so otherwise? Yes, probably - as an opportunity wasted!



    This is a humane, inspiring, potentially life changing book; well narrated, subtle, profound and unpretentious. It deserves the highest rating.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Uko
    1/6/17
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    "insightful"

    insightful discussion of our existence and what the meaning of life is. My first experience of the Aushchwitz camp.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Vikid Truth
    12/19/16
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    "Deep and Thought Provoking"

    This is a bool that make you think to the core of your being, it makes you ask just as the title suggests, what meaning actually is and how you can poses it.

    The first half of the book is autobiographical and is an harrowing account of the concentration camps, harrowing but not graphic.

    The second half is psychoanalytical and more theoretical.

    I absolutely loved this book, I can recommend it to anyone one from young adult upwards.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/9/16
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    "shook me to the core and built me up again"

    my first Frankl. just had to finish. Audible is amazing at choosing right voices. grateful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MarkPT
    7/11/16
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    "Eye opening!"

    I'd split this book into 3 sections.

    The first is an amazing account of the war, Frankl's time there and the happenings. It really did open your eyes

    The second part of say is about how he helped the people in camp, some links to finding meaning and purpose and crossing the bridge between his time in camp and his use of logo therapy .

    The third part is where I tuned out a lot. It's his views and use of logotherapy so can get quite deep - I'm not sure if it's he subject matter or he very English narrator (which works well on the first 2 parts, not as much on the third!) but it was quite specialist!

    Still, I'd rate this book highly for the first two sections!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. A. A. Banjo
    London, UK
    7/6/16
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    "well read and structured"

    the text was insightful and well structured. the narrative of how to make the most meaningful life was given weight by the author's experiences

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Podgorni
    7/4/16
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    "wonderful piece"

    simple and refreshing, helps keeping feets on ground, not undermining any suffering or problems,

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yewande
    Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
    6/28/16
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    "Absolutely astounding! "

    This book opened my eyes to the meaning of suffering. Man is not undone by suffering but by meaninglessness

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Happy customer
    6/15/16
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    "Brilliant"

    The first part talks about what he learned in his experiences in concentration camps. It doesn't focus on gory details, but rather what insights can be drawn from the conditions. The second part is an introduction to logotherapy--which seeks to help people to find meaning in their lives and thus fulfillment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • serra neves
    5/15/16
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    "Loved it."

    A tribute to hope. A book that addresses life's issues and make it easy to understand.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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