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Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust by [Viktor E Frankl]
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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is among the most influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. The book begins with a lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essay about Frankl's imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time to find reasons to live. The second part of the book, called "Logotherapy in a Nutshell," describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl pioneered as a result of his experiences in the concentration camps. Freud believed that sexual instincts and urges were the driving force of humanity's life; Frankl, by contrast, believes that man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. Frankl's logotherapy, therefore, is much more compatible with Western religions than Freudian psychotherapy. This is a fascinating, sophisticated, and very human book. At times, Frankl's personal and professional discourses merge into a style of tremendous power. "Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is," Frankl writes. "After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Gr 8 Up—Holocaust survivor and psychologist Frankl's classic work was originally published in 1959 and is divided into two main sections: "Experiences in a Concentration Camp" and "Logotherapy in a Nutshell." Frankl is forthright about the camps, describing the ever-present threat of death, terrible living conditions, starvation, thoughts of suicide, and so on, but he does not dwell on the horrifying details. As a psychologist, he was interested in how people responded to the situation more than the situation itself, and his writing reflects that viewpoint. Frankl's theory of logotherapy "focuses on the meaning of human existence as well as man's search for such a meaning…. This striving to find a meaning in one's life is the primary motivational force in man." This new YA edition keeps the concentration camp piece intact but simplifies the logotherapy segment. Even so, the vocabulary and concepts will be challenging to many readers and will require investigation and explanation for students to understand. VERDICT Frankl's first-person account is compelling and offers a unique perspective to teenagers interested in reading further after exposure to Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl or other World War II narratives.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File Size : 988 KB
  • ASIN : B00EKOC0HI
  • Print Length : 161 pages
  • Publisher : Ebury Digital; New Ed Edition (December 9, 2013)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : December 9, 2013
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 16,573 ratings