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This is a short book in two parts. The first part is Frankl relating some of his experiences in concentration camps in WWII. The second part is about his school of psychotherapy he termed Logotherapy.
A few quotes get to the heart of Frankl's view:
A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."
Don't aim at success -- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself.
So in Frankl's view happiness and success are not objectives to pursue. The pursuit in life is the "why" and once you know the why you are alive then not only will you be on the road to self-actualization and happiness but you will also be able to endure any hardship that life presents.
Responsibleness is a large aspect of Frankl's theories becasue through responsibleness we take on tasks and actions that help us determine our meaning - the why in our lives. Responsibleness also balances freedom. "In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness."
So how do we go about determining our own meaning? On that Frankl says it's a continual, situation and temporal pursuit achived through one of three methods: creating a work or doing a deed; experiencing something or encountering someone; and the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.
"Live as if you were living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now."
A thought provoking book to be sure.
 

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User Review  - Carole Cornell - Goodreads

Well worth reading. Viktor Frankl is writing about (obviously) man's search for meaning - and how important it is to the individual to find that meaning. He tells it through his experiences in concentration camps. It is very well written and moving. Read full review

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I just tasted myself,reading this book.I wouldn't have enjoyed more . Read full review

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A fascinating book about life, hope and the freedom of our souls, the only freedom that can't be taken away. Read full review

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User Review  - Askalausen - Goodreads

Very interesting book, i admire such emotionally strong individuals as VEFrankl. " Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment." Read full review

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To me, this is the right way to think. Read full review

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His thoughts on taking responsibility of the space between the stimuli and the response were especially meaningful to me. This book is raw, honest and hopeful; it has given me more reasons to live fully and to do so with meaning and love. Read full review

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User Review  - Zac Scy - Goodreads

A powerful book from the view point of a holocaust survivor. I felt like I understood myself and humanity at large in a deeper way. It also help me crystalize an idea i've been shaping in some way for a long time. Thank you for this wonderful book. Read full review

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