Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

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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.
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  • Paperback | 165 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • 080701429X
  • 9780807014295
  • 70

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With a new Foreword by Harold S. Kushner
and a new Biographical Afterword by William J. Winslade
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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
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About Viktor E. Frankl

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 Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, and the author of bestselling books including When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Living a Life That Matters, and When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough.

William J. Winslade is a philosopher, lawyer, and psychoanalyst who teaches psychiatry, medical ethics, and medical jurisprudence at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.
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This is one of the books I categorize as life changing and inspirational. This book reminds us of the courage, resilience, and endurance to go through life tragedy and triumph in life. It was a horrible time in history and what Victor went through was just indescribable and horrific. Yet, he could rise up, transform, and provide an example of someone who went through such a horrible times and yet win in life. I am very grateful for him sharing and being such a great example for generations more
by Miss inspired
I read Mr.Frankel's book when I was 15 and it left me crying all night for on one hand I wanted MY suffering to cease and get sound sleep. Something prevented me from putting it down and rolling over to sleep as one might a casual novel. There was a deep and abiding innate sense that I was bearing witness to the genuine nature of Evil and to put the book down would be disrespectful to all the death,depravity and human suffering that IS NOT POSSIBLE to quantify with the English Language, as it, like most languages, is not up to the task to properly illuminate the banality Mr.Frankel witnessed. Grace is USUALLY unmerited and undeserved, this Author has it in spades. "God" Bless these United States now and Always. Sincerely, John P Quinn Wahington, Dc 20010show more
by John P Quinn
A wonderful book - I had to read it twice! Gives great and well written insight into a family and the agony of depressionshow more
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