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Man's Search for Meaning Paperback – June 1, 2006
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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. His twenty-nine books have been translated into twenty-one languages. During World War II, he spent three years in Auschwitz, Dachau, and other concentration camps.
Harold S. Kushner is rabbi emeritus at Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, and the author of bestselling books including When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Living a Life That Matters, and When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough.
William J. Winslade is a philosopher, lawyer, and psychoanalyst who teaches psychiatry, medical ethics, and medical jurisprudence at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston.
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"We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a 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."
PAIN is an inevitable part of life, but whenever it comes:
1 - Create a WHY, something to look forward to. A man with a strong enough why can bear almost any how.
2 - See the MEANING in the pain - either as a teacher, or as a way of eliminating someone else's pain (A story from the book: "Your wife died before you, and that caused you pain - but can it not be that this pain is given to you instead of your wife so that you could spare her of it? In that case, should you not bear this pain with pride?")
3 - There is no shame in pain, for it is inevitable: When we cannot get rid of it, we can still find meaning in it by creating an inner victory and choosing our attitude towards it.
4 - Stop asking, "What is life's meaning?" for life does not owe us an answer; instead, ask "What can I contribute? What can I create / give?" because that ultimately becomes the meaning of your life.
This book will most definitely be influencing my future works and will be required reading in my coaching sessions: