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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.

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"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)

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What made the experience of listening to The Unheard Cry for Meaning the most enjoyable?

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?".

If you’ve listened to books by Viktor E. Frankl before, how does this one compare?

I believe his other books have slight religious overtones. This one does not.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Listening to this ended my drinking

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.

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I am a huge fan of Viktor Frankl. Informative.

excellent book by Viktor Frankl. Very informative and useful for learning techniques for self improvement. great follow-up book to his original book man search for meaning

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Logo therapy Explained

This book represents Frankl’s teachings broken down into details and followed with examples.
If you’re curious by and how logotherapy works, I highly recommend this book.

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Life Changing

This book changed my perspective on how to look at one's life or meaning of life. Even in the face of death or dying, life is a perfect record of existence which that gives meaning in itself!

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Brilliant, as expected

Dr. Frankl's simple, but brilliant insights are thoroughly explained in this little book. I love it!

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Great topic but the voice sounds robotic

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator sounds very robotic... it's hard to finish this book.

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Is Bronson Pinchot human?.. sounded very robotic.

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a great read

I love him and recommend for all humans he has a point
always listen to him

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Not nearly as good as some of his others

A few great and thoughtful quotes but mostly unremarkable case stories. Win some lose some.

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Paradisal intension

This technique works. Had used before hearing about in this book. Now I know why