Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy

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Beacon Press, 1963 - History - 142 pages
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Now in its 60th year -- the landmark bestseller by the great Viennese psychiatrist remembered for his tremendous impact on humanity Internationally renowned psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning. Cited in Dr. Frankl's" New York Times" obituary in 1997 as "an enduring work of survival literature," Man's Search for Meaning is more than the story of Viktor E. Frankl's triumph: It is a remarkable blend of science and humanism and "a compelling introduction to the most significant psychological movement of our day" (Gordon W. Allport).

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His insight and advice are profound still today. - Goodreads
I'm terrible writing reviews. - Goodreads
Good introduction to logotherapy, and inspiring story. - Goodreads
A little academic at time (ie hard to read)... - Goodreads
I gave this book 4 stars for its educational value. - Goodreads
Also a Bluegrass Book Club selection. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Flopi Di Sarli - Goodreads

I did not enjoy this book quite as much as I thought I would. His basic conclusion is that meaning is relative and we must all create our own meaning and purpose. The rest of the book was filled with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sylinda Lee - Goodreads

Wow! what a sad, but valueable and amazing book. soooo much respect for the author. Read full review

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Viktor E. Frankl was a man who persevered in living, writing, and helping people, despite suffering for years at the hands of the Nazis. He was born in Vienna on March 26, 1905, and received his doctorate of medicine in 1930. As a psychiatrist, he supervised a ward of suicidal female patients, and later became chief of the neurological department at Rothschild Hospital in Vienna. Frankl's successful career was halted temporarily in 1942 when he was deported to a Nazi concentration camp. In Auschwitz and other camps, he witnessed and experienced daily horrors until 1945. Although he survived, his parents and many other family members did not. Returning to Vienna in 1945, he resumed his work, becoming head physician of the neurological department at the Vienna Polyclinic Hospital. Frankl wrote more than 30 books, the most famous being Man's Search For Meaning. As a professor, he taught at many American universities, including Harvard and Stanford. He is credited with the development of logotherapy, a new style of psychotherapy. He died in Vienna in 1997.

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