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Psychotherapy and Existentialism: Selected Papers on Logotherapy Paperback – April 1, 1985


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket (April 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671547291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671547295
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Viktor E. Frankl was professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School until his death in 1997. 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 was 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 was a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He was President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 24, 2010
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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 Foreword to this 1967 book, "This volume consists mainly of a number of my papers in the field of logotherapy published during recent years. I have selected for reprinting those essays which I believe will provide the clearest and most direct understanding of the principles of logotherapy and their therapeutic applications."

Here are some representative quotations from the book:

"Man is free to rise above the plane of somatic and psychic determinants of his existence."
"(B)oth the will to pleasure and the will to power are derivatives of the original will to meaning."
"It is a tenet of logotherapy that meaning can be found in life not only through acting or through experiencing values but also through suffering."
"Man is free to be responsible, and he is responsible for the realization of the meaning of his life, the logos of his existence."
"Since logotherapy, as its name implies, focuses on meaning, it cannot avoid confronting the patient with pain, death, and guilt, or, as I call it, the tragic triad of human existence."
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By jonny wong on June 11, 2014
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I've become a great fan of /dr. Frankl in this century, I remember him being interviewed b;y Robert Schuller on the Hour of Power program 30 yrs ago in the 80's. Of course I did not know who he was at that time. Dr. Frankl has the great genius to write life-changing literature. He must be one of the greatest men ever
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg S Shepherd on March 5, 2014
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Worth a read to access the mind of a master. Justifiable Frankl was admired as a thinker and a philosopher.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John A. Lefcourte VINE VOICE on March 16, 2011
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This reads as a textbook for those wanting to learn about the theory and jargon of logotherapy but was of no use as a practical guide to dealing with issues of existential doubt. Not for a lay person looking for answers.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on August 2, 2010
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Am very satisfied with the delivery service as well as the books that are delivered.
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