Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. FranklMan's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning

byViktor E. FranklForeword byHarold S. KushnerAfterword byWilliam J. Winslade

Mass Market Paperback | June 1, 2006

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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.
Viktor E. Frankl was professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School until his death in 1997. His twenty-nine books have been translated into twenty-one languages. During World War II, he spent three years in Auschwitz, Dachau, and other concentration camps.Harold S. Kushner is rabbi emeritus at Temple ...
Title:Man's Search for MeaningFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 6.72 × 4.15 × 0.49 inPublished:June 1, 2006Publisher:Beacon PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080701429x

ISBN - 13:9780807014295


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspirational It's heart breaking each time to read about an experience such as this, what's beautiful about it though is seeing someone's hope to live and love despite a crucially tragic moment in their life. It's a really good read with the first half being a recollection, and the second half based on the belief that each person needs to find something particular and personal to them, to give their life meaning. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story Viktor Frankl has an amazing story to tell from his time in a concentration camp and how he was able to survive. This book will give you a different perspective on life, about where we find meaning and how we overcome obstacles. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Essential One can not begin to understand the depravity of war without reading accounts such as this. Frankl's account of his prison camp days is chilling. One star off because I find the book is composed of two connected but slightly disjointed parts.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Changing! Few books touch upon the uniqueness of humanity and our daily struggle to find meaning in our short physical mortal existence on this blue planet surrounded by cold dark uncaring space. A classic book that should be read by all.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you think I loved this book. I have already recommended it to a few people. I usually don't read philosophical/psychology books casually but this one really makes you think and appreciate the small moments in life.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I particularly enjoyed this first half of the book and his traumatic experiences - hear wrenching & life affirming all at the same time. Frankl's view of life is a guiding light. The second half of the book is more related to psychology, interesting, but not my thing.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing Insightful and inspiring. Will change the way you view yourself, the world, and others. This book should be required reading for all.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my world view Every now and again, I come across a book that affects how I view the world. This is absolutely one of those books. The Holocaust is a heavy topic, but Frankel uses his traumatic experiences to show us why life is worth living and how to live it well.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grateful Read Every book will effect each person differently. For me this book allowed me to realize how lucky I am to have the things that I do and to appreciate my family, friends and self more. Viktor is a brave and incredible human being. It is heartbreaking to know what low depths a human can go toward its own. This story is touching and I recommend everyone to read it.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read! I loved this amazing book!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking and uplifting Books like that just leave in awe of the unbelievable strength of the human spirit and its ability to find meaning in the bleakest moments of human history.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING Very touching and heart breaking, but also very inspiring
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone Should Read This Provides you with the insight that anyone can get through difficult times with a little bit of mental toughness and perspective.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Recommended for medical students
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful It was hard to read this book because it had to deal with the war, but Frankl sees past the horrors and deals with it directly by being aware of his surroundings and making meaning from them. Powerful read for anyone who's trying to find their own way as well.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Who knew that a book that addresses such darkness (life in the concentration camps, depression, illness and death) could leave a reader feeling so uplifted, inspired and hopeful about the future. This book will be one that I return to again and again.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story and an analysis all wrapped into one. I enjoyed the first part of the book. It was a great story of strength, perseverance and the acceptance of fate of a doctor who was a prisoner in Auschwitz. But in part II I wasn't as entranced. I wasn't expecting the book to be laid out this way. It was a psychological analysis of the meaning of life, using prisoner’s experiences in Auschwitz as the platform for his basis on how humans react to the extreme conditions such as the ones they had to overcome at the concentration camps in Germany. It was interesting, don’t get me wrong. I guess I was just looking for something else. I was more interested in the life story of Viktor E. Frankl than anything else.
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mans Search for Meaning There is a time and a place for some books. If you find the time,this book will find its place.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful A powerful true story about making it though an impossible time. Applications of the story can be used in everyday life.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and moving An amazing and inspiring story that I found to me truly motivating. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr Frankl's insightful consideration of 'man's' disillusionment with self and his environment offers a way into being more than what he was told he is. With Buddhist overtones, Frankl recognises the transformative power of suffering. Further his argument that humans respond with responsibleness calls for a knowledge of self, and one's power to determine one's experience of life events. Ultimately we have the ability to respond to life. And that in and of itself is meaningful. A great book to share and discuss with adolescents and other young people. Older generations are likely to find value in its pages too. It's never too late to accept life's challenges as opportunities for transcendance!
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing A must read
Date published: 2013-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good read. The language is a little difficult for someone who knows nothing about philosophy, but it is definitely a good read for everyone.
Date published: 2013-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Struggle to success Great book. The human spirit is alive and well.
Date published: 2013-01-22

Editorial Reviews

One of the great books of our time. —Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People"One of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years."—Carl R. Rogers (1959)"An enduring work of survival literature." —New York Times"An accessible edition of the enduring classic. The spiritual account of the Holocaust and the description of logotherapy meets generations' need for hope."—Donna O. Dziedzic (PLA) AAUP Best of the Best Program