Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust (With New Material) Hardcover – Special Edition, 20 Jan 2011
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"An enduring work of survival literature" (New York Times)
"If you read but one book this year, Dr Frankl's book should be that one." (Los Angeles Times)
"His works are essential reading for those who seek to understand the human condition." (Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks)
"A poignant testimony...a hymn to the phoenix rising in each of us who choose life before flight." (Brian Keenan, author of An Evil Cradling)
"One of the most remarkable books I have ever read. It changed my life" (Susan Jeffers, author of Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway and Embracing Uncertainty)
A handsome gift edition of one of the seminal pieces of literature to emerge from World War 2: Viktor Frankl's moving account of his experiences in Auschwitz. With new introduction and appendices.See all Product Description
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The above quoted phrase is from Nietzsche, but don't jump to conclusions: Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) certainly does not share his philosophical ideas. Frankl merely chose one of Nietzsche's phrases as a way to crystallize his own ideas: that is, that the most important force in a person's life is his will to meaning. In a way, this book shows how Frankl reached that conclusion.
The first part of "Man's search for meaning" deals with the author's experiences in a concentration camp, and the lessons he draw from that torturous experience. Frankl said that those that survived had one thing in common, a purpose, and that "everything can be taken from man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way no matter the circumstance".
In the second part of this book, Frankl explains logotheraphy, the theory of psychotherapy he developed. According to the author, logotherapy focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as on a person's search for such meaning, and the consequent purpose. Frankl says that "The meaning of life always changes, but... it never ceases to be", and that we really find ourselves when we find it, or at least our own personal version of it.Read more ›
The first half is harrowing. The account of his time in Auschwitz and Dachau. The second half is about logotherapy. On a few pages he tells a few stories that you will remember for your whole life. By a simple change in perspective he shows how the most brutal and dehumanising experiences can be reinterpreted.
The humour comes in the statement of the theory of 'paradoxical intention'. He tells the story of a man who had a terrible stutter. Never in his life had this young man been free from the problem of stuttering, except on one occasion. This was when he jumped on a bus without buying a ticket. He resolved that the only way to escape was to enlist the sympathy of the conductor by demonstrating that he was a poor stuttering boy. At the moment, when he tried to stutter, he was unable to do so. Without meaning to, he had practised paradoxical intention.
This is an amazing book. I feel it has clarified in my mind ideas I have been yearning to understand for many years.
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A real eye opener, so much wisdom. Highly recommended for anyone looking to understand the world and themselves. You won't be disappointedPublished 10 days ago by Andy
I bought this book a couple of years ago, and have only just picked it up as I thought it would help me put my own troubles into perspective. I am 3/4 of the way through. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a surprisingly readable book on the holocaust by an inmate of several of the camps. It describes the psychology of survival in the camps. Read morePublished 23 days ago by technoguy
Interesting, thought provoking and inspirational. I would highly recommend this. Life changing in my opinion. Everyone should read this book.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer