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Man's Search for Meaning

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Frankl, Viktor E. (Author)
Kushner, Harold S. (Foreword by)
Winslade, William J. (Afterword by)
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Publication Date: 01 June 2006
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.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 080701429X

ISBN-13: 9780807014295

Publisher: Beacon Press       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Mass Market Paperbound: 165 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 17.07 x 11.13 x 1.30 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.10 Kg

Periplus Bestseller Rank:
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#1 in Books » Biographies & Memoirs » Historical
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1 customer reviews  Between 3−4 stars rating,  21 August 2018
A concentration camp survivor tries to find meaning in his life
By: A. Budi

This book, the first part of Man's Search for Meaning series, focuses on the horrific ordeals Viktor Frankl suffered in Nazi concentration camps of the Second World War. After suffering severe starvation, beatings, back-breaking labor, freezing temperatures with no shoes or warm clothing, and nearly being sent to the gas chambers a few times, he emerged at the end of the war to learn most of his family including his wife had been killed.

The second part of his book outlines the thinking that kept him from joining the many prisoners who died of despair or committed suicide in the camps. In an inspiring example of turning tragedy into triumph Frankl emerged to find a new... See More

form of psychotherapy called "logotherapy." Logos is a Greek word denoting "meaning." This therapy contends that man must find meaning in his life to survive an ordeal.

 

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