Reader reviews for Man's Search for Meaning

Victor E. Frankl survived the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz and other camps during WWII. He reasons as to why people choose to survive in such a situation where as others surrender and eventually die. From this and his other experiences he developed a new form of psychotherapy called logotherapy which is a theory that man’s primary motivating force is to find meaning in life. Those who survived the death camps had that purpose in their forefront and chose to focus on it, once their focus left, they gave up, and died. His theory has changed the world of psychology and has helped many see that they do have something to live for and so they do.
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Encouraging and sympathetic, but seems to lack scientific rigor.
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This book was a very real and down to earth account of life and the hardships of living under Nazi control in Germany during the second World War. It was very raw and real; it truly puts you into perspective and gives you a no-nonsense explanation of how life really was. I believe this is a book that should be read by everyone.
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A Holocaust memoir paired with a then new approach to psychotherapy, Frankl is an inspiration. Each half of "Man's search for meaning" is a major addition to both genres. The sum is greater than the parts.
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If you think your life is bad, read this book. He shows us with firsthand knowledge that no matter how bad things we get we always have the power to choose how we face life.
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An excellent, fairly short, but very inspiring book. The author's experiences in Auschwitz concretised his belief that the fundamental purpose of life is the search for meaning and that each person's search is unique to him or her. Finding this meaning can enable one in even the most trying circumstances to find relief and salvation in an inner spiritual (but not necessarily religious) world. A wonderful eye-opener.
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I like the visual layout for the database. Young students will benefit from this. A dictionary and encyclopedia are also available. Students can sometimes view the scanned pages of an article from the magazines.
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Interesting introduction to the psychiatric world of logotherapy. Combines actual story with the major themes of the practice. I found the book very practical and educational. The only element I disliked were the constant slams on Freud and his psychoanalysis.Would highly recommend this as a self-help book for those looking to develop a new perspective on life.
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In this book Frankl describes his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and his psychotherapeutic method of finding a reason to live.
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I listened to the audio book version. It was not as graphic as I expected - thankfully. It gave enough info on the condition in the concentration camps to allow him to describe his theories and techniques. The stories were harrowing and its impossible to relate to some of the conditions. Well worth a read / listen. It certainly makes you appreciate our current conditions.
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