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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia; Expanded Ed edition (28 Feb. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452010349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452010345
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Viktor Frankl was born in Vienna in 1905 and was Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. His wife, father, mother and brother all died in Nazi concentration camps, only he and his sister survived, but he never lost the qualities of compassion, loyalty, undaunted spirit and thirst for life (earning his pilot's licence aged 67). He died in Vienna in 1997.

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Explains the fundamentals of logotherapy, describes its use as a treatment for neuroses, and discusses the feelings of emptiness found in modern existence.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Murphy on 15 Nov. 2007
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I have wasted countless money on 'self help' books in my quest to find a purpose in life. This book, along with Dr Frankl's 'Man's Search for Meaning', offers everything that all the self-help gurus did not. It's not a light read (there are quite a few 'technical' terms) but Frankl gives plenty of real world examples to help illustrate his points. If you, like so many people today, have felt lost or despaired at the seeming emptiness of life then please take the time to read this book (or 'Man's Search for Meaning'). A true work of genius. Highly recommended.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By margarida murphy on 21 Sept. 2013
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Everyone should read at least one of Frankl's books 30 Jun. 2000
By Bill Angus - Published on Amazon.com
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This book and Frankl's other popular book, "Man's search for meaning" offer a great deal of overlap. Yet I fond both extrememlty interesting and helpful. Frankl posits that we all have an innate tendency to mental/spiritual health which he calls the will to meaning. This is similar to the body's hedency to heal after any physical assault. He explains that good counselling focusses the will to meaning, or removes blocks which are preventing it from being expressed. Frankl's experiences in a NAZI death camp show how focussing on personal meaning and what little freedom of choice one does have, can enable mental health to survive even under the most pathogenic of circumstances.
48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Elaboration On The Basic Concepts Of Logotherapy 3 Sept. 2006
By An Aspiring Clinician - Published on Amazon.com
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As several other reviewer have already mentioned, "The Will To Meaning" is basically an elaboration on the section from "Man's Search For Meaning" called "Logotherapy In A Nutshell." If "Man's Search For Meaning" made any sort of impact on you, I would highly suggest reading this book.
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Thought-provoking 20 Jan. 2009
By S. Kang - Published on Amazon.com
It is always great pleasure to read Dr. Frankl's books. This was no exception. Although the Book was written many years ago, it contains many practical principles that can be used to overcome "existential vacuum", which is so rampant today. Must read book for those feeling aimless in this fragmented society.
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By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
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Viktor Emil Frankl (1905-1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor, as well as the founder of logotherapy, a form of existential psychotherapy. His most famous book (which also describes his experiences in the Holocaust) is Man's Search for Meaning.

He states in the Preface to this 1969 book, "This book is the outcome of a series of lectures I was invited to give during the 1966 summer session ... The particular task assigned to me at that time was to explain the system that characterizes logotherapy. While it has often been pointed out ... that logotherapy ... has developed a proper psycherapeutic technique ... it also is the last psychotherapy that is conceptualized in a systematic way."

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"(L)ogotherapy is based on the following three concepts: (1) the freedom of the will; (2) the will to meaning; and (3) the meaning of life."
"After all, it is not the function of logotherapy to give answers. Its actual function is that of a catalyst."
"It is true that we logotherapists are convinced, and if need be, persuade our patients, that there is a meaning to fultill. But we do not pretend to know WHAT the meaning is."
"I personally believe that philosophy is not a mere sublimation of sex but rather that sex often serves as a cheap escape from precisely those philosophical and existential problems which beset man."
"What matters in life is rather to achieve something."
"Logotherapy does not cross the boundary between psychotherapy and religion. But it leaves the door open to religion and it leaves it to the patient whether or not to pass the door."
"I would say that God is not dead but silent. Silent, however, he has been all along. The 'living' God has been a 'hidden' God all along."
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Pure Gold, Pure Inspiration from Auschwitz 23 Jun. 2009
By William Arrott - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most important books of the 20th century, demonstrating the power of a mind with a purpose to transcend even the worst possible circumstances.
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