- Publisher: Beacon Press
- ASIN: B003FB0268
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,123 customer reviews)
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The first (and largest) section of this book is the searing autobiographical account of the author's experience as a longtime prisoner in a concentration camp. These camps claimed the lives of his father, mother, brother, and wife.Read more ›
This particular work is one I keep at hand and re-read on a regular basis. I read it for the first time a few months after I started medical treatment and therapy for life-long depression. I get more from it each time I go back to it.
Logotherapy manages an incredible balance. It does not put man himself at the center of the universe, thus avoiding the kind of narcissistic self-reflection common to much of the therapeutic literature today. Yet, it does not sweep man aside as irrelevant. Instead, Frankl argues that we have an incredible power to shape our attitudes and responses to the challenges life presents us and that we inevitably grow thanks to these challenges.
This is a quick read and could conceivably change your life. Man is more than the sum of his biology and his environment. We inevitably choose to be who we are. Frankl's argument is that, if we choose wisely, we can triumph even in tragedy. It's a truth many of us have lost sight of in our cynicism.
A prominent psychiatrist in pre-World War II Vienna, Doctor Frankl found himself suddenly stripped of all money, possessions, position, respect, and ultimately, his family--including his pregnant and beloved wife. After confinement in some of the smaller concentration camps, he ultimately arrived at Auschwitz--the lowest circle of the man-made Hell that was the system of concentration and extermination camps (in German, 'Konzentrationslager' and 'Vernichtungslager'). There, his medical skills were not employed until nearly the end of the war. Instead, he was employed at hard labor just like the rest of the men in his prison block who were marched every day to their work site before dawn and marched back late at night.
The most striking thing about Frankl's account of his imprisonment (to me at least) was not the backbreaking work, the all-pervading fear, nor even the constant, maddening hunger; but the unrelenting degradation of the prisoners in order to get them to accept the Nazi's judgment of them as sub-human. For example, when carrying heavy tanks filled with human sewage for disposal, almost inevitably some would splash prisoners full in the face. Any move to wipe one's face, or even show instinctive grimaces of disgust would be punished by the Capos (trusted prisoners, chosen mostly for their brutality) with a prompt beating from a club or whip. Because of this, the normal reactions of prisoners to being befouled were soon suppressed.Read more ›
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This is a "must read" book for everyone who has considered the condition of man and his place in the world. One cannot help being mentally an emotionally challenged by itPublished 5 hours ago by Joseph Green
A powerful brilliant handbook for life. I've read through it three times - the audio version is incredibly well read - and frequently refer to the back part of the book where... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Therese Duncan
Very thoughtful book about mindfulness. I bought it after reading about it in The Hustle newsletter.
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The author's recounting his observations and experiences of human response to unimaginable suffering is so powerful. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Cynthia C Thompson
Had not read Frankl in many years and wanted to re-engage with his optimistic message. First part of the book deals with his life and pespective from the confinement in a Nazi... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer