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Man's Search For Meaning [Paperback]

By Viktor Emil Frankl (Author) & Gordon W. Allport (Preface by)
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A prominent Viennese psychiatrist recounts his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp that led to the development of his existentialist approach to psychotherapy

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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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Studio: Pocket
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.79" Width: 4.23" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1997
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0671023373  
ISBN13  9780671023379  

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More About Viktor Emil Frankl & Gordon W. Allport

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Viktor E. Frankl was the former Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School and Distinguished Professor of Logotherapy at the U.S. International University. He was the founder of what has come to be called the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy (after Freud's psychoanalysis and Adler's individual psychology) -- the school of logotherapy.
Born in 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During World War II he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps.
Dr. Frankl first published in 1924 in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and has since published twenty-six books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, including Japanese and Chinese. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Duquesne and Southern Methodist Universities. Honorary Degrees have been conferred upon him by Loyola University in Chicago, Edgecliff College, Rockford College and Mount Mary College, as well as by universities in Brazil and Venezuela. He has been a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and has made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He is President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy.He died in Vienna at the age of 92.

Viktor Emil Frankl was born in 1950.

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A Timeless Classic  Mar 27, 2007
In life, very few experiences are better instructors than agony, grief, and pain. In addition, very few people can transcend their personal agony, grief, and pain and turn it into wisdom for everyone to share. Victor Frankl did just that. He took his experiences in the Nazi concentration camps during World War II and used them as a sharpening stone to develop a revolutionary approach to understanding the psyche of humankind.

Although the large majority of this book is about his concentration camp experiences, this book is about hope and meaning. Frankl shows humankind how to approach life in a positive way and to use life to its fullest to not only find meaning, but to create meaning.

This book doesn't belong only in the psychiatry section, it proves its worth by belonging in the philosophy section as well. If you're looking for a shining beacon of hope in a dark world, this book may help you create a spark. If you already have meaning, this book is fuel for your flame and clarity for your vision. Highly recommended.
Fabulous  Mar 17, 2007
It gives you a chance to step outside of your daily box and understand the real struggle to simply survive and live.

Great Book, gave me lots of insight about life.

Not a book I would normally read, but very glad I did.  Mar 12, 2007
Some of the best books I have ever read, were usually recommended to me either by a friend or teacher.

Man's search for meaning is truly an inspirational book for those who do not have a religion or purpose to their life. It shows that a human being can withstand almost anything as long as they feel they have a purpose.

I would recommend this book to teenagers as well as those in college. I may also recommend this book to agnostics and atheists, it might give meaning to their lives.
Man's Search for Meaning  Mar 9, 2007
He was a concentration camp survivor; he is a psychologist/doctor. He found people in that setting that still had purpose ...He learned that "the last of human freedoms was ... the ability to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances." In his after-concentration-camp-counseling, he would asked patients why they did not kill themselves ... by their anwsers, he was able to determine their purpose and in many cases, help them to help themselves. Small book; tremendous message.
interesting read  Feb 26, 2007
this was a required text for one of my classes, but i'm glad i read it. it's heavy in the beginning but still a pretty easy read, and it definitely could have been more graphic. frankl is able to get his point across without the gore (much of it, anyway). it's still hard for me to swallow his unending optimism given what he went through, but i hope to read this again in a few years and have less of a struggle. great book, though. highly recommended for psychology students, existential therapists, or just anyone looking for a way to lift themselves up.

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