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It's hard to criticize a book written about a man experience in a concentration camp or his founding of the logostherapy. But unfortunately this book didn't really do much for me and I put it down before I finished it. The first part of the book he analyzes his experience in the concentration camps. The odd thing is that the writing is so distant and unemotional, even though he is writing about the mind and thought process of the prisoners. It just felt very disconnected most of the time.
The second part of the book he starts to talk about logostherapy, which he founded. This starts off as somewhat interesting as he analyzes how therapist used to treat patients, then demonstrates his approach which is more how things are done today. But for the most part it's not really that interesting for anyone who has any kind of previous knowledge in psychology you will probably find it somewhat repetative to other things you have read and learned.
 

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This book is a moving, fast read about what it was like to endure the Holocaust and some lessons Viktor Frankl learned from his experience. The descriptions of what it was like to endure the concentration camps are harrowing and unforgettable. Frankl gives you a glimpse of what it was like to endure unspeakable horror. He also shares inspiring examples of kindness and bravery that he observed.
Frankl's takeaway for us is that we need to define what is meaningful for each of our lives. He calls out three primary ways to do this:
- work (I would call this creation as it is really about contribution)
- love
- courage
You may be familiar with Frankl's famous quote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” It is a powerful reminder for when we feel like we are in impossible situations.
I am also partial to another quote from this book that sums up its message.
"Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible."
 

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Awesome book! Ties well into the SUPA ETS 142 and WRT course for high school students as well as "Night" by Eli Wiesel. It's such a simple concept and you hear it you're like well, duh! That solves a lot of problems! Fairly easy read for an upperclassman in high school. Not "just" your Auschwitz survivor bio. Highly recommend to people!
(Mandatory read for the Houghton College, Highlander Wilderness Adventure Program)
 

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Man's Search for Meaning was required reading while completing psychology courses in the 80's. As I opened the pages to this book, it became my bible for therapy. Simple and succinstly pointing out survival depends on man to find that positive moment in every day which feeds the soul and sustains survival allowing an individual make it through one more day. The suffering of Vikto and all Jews deemed by Hitler and his heinous gangs not to be human...Victor did it and lived well into his nineties and practiced psychiatry into old age. I revere and still refer to his readings. Should be required reading in American schools. 

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Man's search for manning

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I am blown away at the human spirit, we have no idea, what we posses, in the human psyche. It is proving over and over again, rather it is demonstrous or an act of kindess. We can never say
what we will and will not do. Put in certain circumstances we are capable of the unimaginable. Bruce Chester 

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I recommend “Man’s Search for Meaning” to anyone that works with others in the community. Viktor Frankl applies his theory (Logotheropy) from experimental research, as a psychologist in a hospital, to a correlational / uncontrolled environment in the Nazi concentration camps as a Jewish prisoner. He uses his experience in the death camps to reach his audience for a better understand of his Logotheropy. Logotherapy takes an eclectic view in psychology, as the book draws from real life experience and many psychological philosophies. Frankl’s theory works well in all fields of social work, pastoral counseling, ministry, and support groups of all kinds, as it helps individuals search for the meaning of circumstances in life.  

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Powerful reminder of our potential for great evil and great good. Grounding.

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This book describes the various events in the author's life. The author explains how life was while being incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp. Afterwards he describes the accomplishments he achieved throughout the remaining of the story. Overall, a difficult book to read that includes interesting material for the reader. 

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