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Man's Search for Meaning Paperback – June 1, 2006
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One of the great books of our time. —Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"One of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years."—Carl R. Rogers (1959)
"An enduring work of survival literature." —New York Times
"An accessible edition of the enduring classic. The spiritual account of the Holocaust and the description of logotherapy meets generations' need for hope."—Donna O. Dziedzic (PLA) AAUP Best of the Best Program
About the Author
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."
This book is written from the viewpoint of a psychiatrist, which Viktor Frankl was, and what allowed him to survive in the midst of so much evil. I actually feel I will have to read the main part of the book again (It's a good thing I bought it on Kindle) in order to more fully understand what he is trying to say in this book. Some of it is so simple, that even I with 3 degrees in science, actually have to think about it more to understand it. That's more my problem than it is the writer's. There are basic moral principles at work in this book...what is mind-boggling is the question: "How would I do, if I were put into the same situation he and so many others were put into? Would I be one of the courageous, noble ones, or would I ultimately fail as a human being?"
The original book which had to do with his reflections on his time in the camps. What was added to the book afterwards, was about his own psychiatric therapy that he developed, logotherapy. I had never heard of it before...and I actually forced myself to read through it. I eventually found it rather interesting, and actually more sensible as a psychiatric therapy than most other forms of therapy (including anything from Freud and Jung, etc).
This book needs to be read by everyone, especially when they are going through a difficult time. It puts things into perspective, and can help you survive the difficulties. Not merely from comparing ourselves to those who underwent such a horrendous experience...we cannot compare ourselves to them, most of the time. But this book helps us to acknowledge that there is a purpose to difficulties in our lives...it isn't meaningless, unless you make it so.
This is a very interesting book that has "nuggets of wisdom" throughout. It seems he tried to make the information applicable to all people but his failure to mention why he was in the camp surprised me. At one point he mentions the prisoners thought they would be "home for Christmas". That seemed strange since I doubt there were an abundance of Christians in Auschwitz. It may not matter, people tend to react the same but I felt he left out the why.