Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner & William J. Winslade

Man's Search for Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner & William J. Winslade

  • Release Date: 2000-03-30
  • Genre: Psychology
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Description

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.

Reviews

  • not a lot of actual meaning

    2
    By tripp1592
    interesting book about the holocaust but never any real direct answers about meaning.
  • Mans Search for Meaning on iTunes

    5
    By SecurityFusion
    Here is the problem. This book is free for download on the internet. Itunes is charging 9.99. Why?
  • Why did I wait so long to read this book?

    5
    By HSC86P
    I had heard about this book from speakers and other authors many times but never got around to purchasing and reading the book until now. I wish I had read this book 30 years ago. Don't skip the part where he talks about therapy. There is a lot of great advice that we can apply to our lives from that section of the book.
  • A man's search for meaning

    5
    By camimofa247
    Amazing and inspiring book that allows the reader to put their own lives and issues in perspective...
  • Inspiring & informative

    5
    By Infredulous
    Great read!!
  • Amazing read!

    5
    By TSekhon
    This book was hard, emotionally, to read. But, the message was well worth the struggle!
  • THE only book you will ever need for "life"

    5
    By MDubya
    When I see all the psychology books for self help that how to help people deal with life's problems, I always think of this book. This is not just a story of a Man interred at a concentration camp during the Holocaust and stories of what occurred while he was there. It's much more. I read it 25 years go in college in my freshman philosophy course and I got It. My 16 year old son went through a terrible drug problem and I handed him this book. He read it in one night bs it turned his life around. Don't be blind. This is essential to your life's guiding principles.
  • Lifechanging!!!!

    5
    By Meteoritess
    I read this book two years ago and I still think about it. I try to convince my friends and family to read it. I say it is a book about the Holocaust and you would think it's depressing but it's not.
  • Great!!!

    5
    By Samlover010197
    Was very interesting to read and very informative too!
  • Very nice!

    5
    By GroverArena
    Must read book