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Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl

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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 those he treated 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 by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club 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.

Born in Vienna in 1905 Viktor E. Frankl earned an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. He published more than thirty books on theoretical and clinical psychology and served as a visiting professor and lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, and elsewhere. In 1977 a fellow survivor, Joseph Fabry, founded the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. Frankl died in 1997.

Harold S. Kushner is rabbi emeritus at Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, and the author of several best-selling books, including When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

William J. Winslade is a philosopher, lawyer, and psychoanalyst at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.

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    A great book on endurance and handling potential and real mental health issues

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        This book was on my "to read" list for years, and I'm glad I finally got to it. In a calm and low-key way, the author describes devastating personal experiences and helps the reader understand what is required to survive seemingly hopeless situations. Absolutely inspirational.

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            Confronting and awe-inspiring account of the authors time spent trying to stay alive in several Nazi concentration camps throughout WWII. Goes into philosophical and psychiatric detail of one's individual meaning and purpose in life, with an added run-down in logotherapy towards the end. A must-read which seems to be gaining in relevance and popularity in modern society.

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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"

              Forewordp. IX
              Preface to the 1992 Editionp. XIII
              Experiences in a Concentration Campp. 3
              Logotherapy in a Nutshellp. 97
              Postscript 1984: The Case for a Tragic Optimismp. 137
              Afterwordp. 155
              Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

              ISBN: 9780807014295
              ISBN-10: 080701429X
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 165
              Published: 1st June 2006
              Publisher: Beacon Press
              Country of Publication: US
              Dimensions (cm): 17.1 x 11.1  x 1.3
              Weight (kg): 0.1