Few books in recent decades have had the continuing impact of Dr. Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning -- the classic best seller now considered to be one of the most important contributions to psychiatry since the writing of Freud. In it, Dr. Frankl gives a moving account of his life amid the horrors of the Nazi death camps, chronicling the harrowing experience that led to his discovery of his theory of logotherapy. A profound revelation born out of Dr. Frankl's years as a prisoner in Auschwitz and other concentration camps, logotherapy is a modern and positive approach to the mentally or spiritually disturbed personality. Stressing man's freedom to transcend suffering and find a meaning to his life regardless of his circumstances, it is a theory which, since its conception, has exercised a tremendous influence upon the entire field of psychiatry and psychology.
Here, Dr. Frankl not only describes the genesis and development of logotherapy but also explains its basic concepts, and in this revised and enlarged edition, has included a new chapter, entitled "The Case for a Tragic Optimism," in which he updates theoretical conclusions of the book. The result is an invaluable work by one of the world's preeminent psychiatrists....Continua
My book for the day of memory. Recommended for those who want to give meaning to life ....
Much has been said about the concentration camp, but Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning stands out in his profound account of the horrendous psychological reality of camp life. In this book we see the full spectrum of human responses (in its full glory or ugliness) when a person is stretched beyond the breaking point. Amazingly, there are individuals who nevertheless manage to rise above it all.
In Frankl's own words, "the true meaning of life is to be discovered in the world rather than within man or his own psyche. Being human always points, and is directed, to something, or someone, other than oneself - be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter." To be a survivor, one needs a reason to survive, for "he who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how." That reason must be sought in the form of work to be done, or of love to be loved, or, in the most hopeless case, of suffering to be suffered.
The only thing I don't like about this book is the postscript - I feel that it's a rather unnecessary addition to what's already a masterpiece....Continua
One of the best books that I have ever read. Life changing!!!!!! highly recommend to everyone.
Es increíble saber cómo una vivencia tan trágica y demoledora como lo fue el holocausto en el pueblo judío, pueda ser trascendida por este gran ser humano, para nuestra compresión y nuestra reflexión a cerca del sentido de nuestra vida. Gran libro, gran ser humano, gran aporte. Su espíritu muestra fortaleza en cada una de sus palabras!...Continua