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“Perhaps the most significant thinking since Freud and Adler.”
– The American Journal of Psychiatry
 
“Frankl is one of the most famous and gifted of all psychiatrists… The incredible attempts to dehumanize man at Auschwitz and Dachau led Frankl to commence the humanization of psychiatry through logotherapy. Frankl is a professional who possesses the rare ability to write in a layman’s language.”
– Dr. Gerald F. Kreyche, Chairman

“I regard this book as one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years.”
– Dr. Carl Rogers 
 
“Dr. Frankl’s contribution to psychotherapy has been great. He is perhaps the only non-behaviorist to have contributed a method to behavior therapy. The modesty with which he has put forward his important work has been remarkable.”
– Dr. Joseph Wolpe
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Viktor E. Frankl was the former Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School and Distinguished Professor of Logotherapy at the U.S. International University. 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 has been 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 has been a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and has made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He is President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy.He died in Vienna at the age of 92.
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  • Series: Meridian S
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Rei Exp edition (September 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452010349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452010345
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,016 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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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Bill Angus on June 30, 2000
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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.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By An Aspiring Clinician on September 3, 2006
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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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. Kang on January 19, 2009
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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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20 of 20 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 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William Arrott on June 23, 2009
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2012
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When I found Victor Frankl it was a happy day. There is hope! As our nation slumps into relitavistism, can't help it - give me another med, what? get a job?, not my fault, mentality, with the media, including news, music, and literature helping along as they cash in on the descent of american society, step forward Frankl!! Victor Frankl is more than just logotherapy, he is David adroitly throwing stones at a huge medicated/miserable/morbid Goliath. Take responsiblity, our attitude is our one freedom, get over it and get on with it. I found his books 2 years ago and have read them over and over and over. Whether it be for your depressed teen, unhappy spouse, or for you because you just can't find purpose in the job you go to every day...read 'Man's search for meaning' and 'the will to meaning', then everything else the man has written. His own story is his best example.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abraham Aponte on June 4, 2012
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Frankl's discussion about meaning is very helpful. After reading his work, I better understand his view point. This helps in grasping some of life's more challenging moments and vexing questions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan E. Nicholas on October 27, 2012
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I'm told that the definition of a philosopher is simple: a meaning junky. Well...true. And meaning junkies everywhere must start somewhere. This book was a major start for me.

I read Will To Meaning back in college in the late 60s, early 70s and never forgot that work, ended up majoring in Philosophy and Theology. Plato said that all philosophy is preparation for death and most certainly it was in Hitler's death camps that this man found his gift and key thought...that one can endure anything if meaning can be found inside the pain.

I read this morning that Frankl said: "What is to give light must endure burning". This man burned with that which fuels all philosophers, namely the meaning of things. Indeed, the questions and all the leaning toward answers and all that we muse, the desire to know even what can't be known is what keeps us moving forward, keeps us and gets us home alive. That's what stuck from this book...45 years later.

Read this work. Few things written have legs and endure like this book has endured.
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