- Publisher: Doubleday Books (October 2001)
- ISBN-10: 0385506473
- ISBN-13: 978-0385506472
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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When Life Calls Out to Us: The Love and Lifework of Viktor and Elly Frankl
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"Vivid and revealing recollections, impressions, and stories of Viktor Frankl's life, as told to clinical psychologist Klingberg, his friend and former student. In a project that took eight years to complete, Klingberg (Psychology/North Park Univ., Chicago) recorded hundreds of hours of conversations with Frankl and his wife Elly. In the process, he managed to elicit from Frankl (1905-1997) the influences, decisions, and graces that went into the making of the mind that produced the soul-expanding Man's Search for Meaning (1959). Frankl speaks plainly about his secure and comforting early youth, how it may well have had as much influence on his future thought as did the remarkable intellectual atmosphere of early-20th-century Vienna. Not an athletic child, he would instead trip off to attend lectures at the university psychiatric clinic, take sprout in the seedbeds of Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Jaspers, the Nihilists, Freud, and Adler. He explains the moment of his discomfort with an idea, of the psychological theory and reductionism that deflected him from Freud and Adler, their constrictions and lack of rationality. And how, prior to the concentration camps, he was forming his theory of logotherapy and the development of a less deterministic, more optimistic and humanistic psychology, one rooted in the freedom and independence of the human spirit to assume responsibility in all personal matters, to find meaning in existence by living for someone or something other than the self. Klingberg provides a thorough picture of Frankl's detractors-from those who were angered by his thumbing his nose at collective guilt to others who found fault in his marrying a Christian to those who thought hiswork came down to simple mental attitude.Read more ›
Anyone who is familiar with some of Frankl's book will enjoy reading about the fascinating and colorful personal lives of these two truly extraordinary people. Dr. Klingberg is to be congratulated for his efforts in making them available to us.
The results of having desperately grasped at these straws of individualism at all costs are now in. And now we cannot fail to recognize them for what they are: the cause of the now familiar social meltdowns of boredom, loneliness, obsessiveness, greed, promiscuity, addictions, abuse, divorces, violence, and the ultimate collective penalty, loss of community. In short, extreme individualism in pursuit of happiness no matter who it may hurt, has not worked very well for our society.
To Frankl the promise of such "individual" happiness on the cheap was always an empty pipe dream, if for no more reason than that it is an integral part of the Existentialist creed that in order to remain whole man must confront and deal with life's unpleasantness wherever it is found.Read more ›
Frankl's logotherapy, which shone a light in my own life forty-three years ago, becomes more than an inspiring theory in author Klingberg's hands. Logotherapy's founder is enfleshed with a genuine humanity of weaknesses and flaws as well as the ideal of self-transcendence to which the noted physician aspired. I learned, and I laughed and cried alternately in this wonderful read. I'll never be the same after being led by the author into the private lives of the two remarkable Frankls.
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In a materialistic and narcissistic generation the words of Frankl are desperately needed to guide them to understand that true love and happiness only comes when self is... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nancy Carter
I have read many Frankl books and you could feel him in this one even though he didn't pen it. A book that is worth reading.Published on April 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
VF is a hero of mine and that is why I wanted to read this biography.
I was made to wade through way more information about the author's experience of writing the story than I... Read more
Having read Man's Search for Meaning I was delighted to come across this book. The author offers wonderful insight into the lives of Victor and Elly Frankl. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Larry D'andrea
This book represents the fruits of a seven year project in which the author periodically visited the Frankls in Vienna and recorded their story. Read morePublished on January 10, 2009 by Larry Mullins
I was only slightly familiar with Viktor Frankl prior to reading this book. I read a short review in the Pietesten and it sparked my interest and prompted me to buy it. Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Herbert D. Gottshall