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    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of, his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning. 

    Man's Search for Meaning is more than a story of Viktor E. Frankl's triumph: it is a remarkable blend of science and humanism and an introduction to the most significant psychological movement of our day.

    ©1959, 1962, 1984 Viktor E. Frankl (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    "An enduring work of survival literature." (The New York Times)

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    loved it!!

    loved it, perfectly written and straight forward. can be confusing at time so keep focus

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    Meaning of suffering

    His mean philosophy is basically if you look backward of your situation in a theorithical future, you will find meaning in your suffering, and will help you go through

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    Best book ever

    So much wisdom based on research and experience the author has. It is not an autobiography, neither a scientific paper. It’s the perfect mix of both.

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    • Bea
    • 24/07/2021

    À must read for every human

    A truly life-changing book that opens your eyes on the meaning of life. So rich in fact that it deserves several reads. Truly amazing.

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    an antidote against nihilism

    recommended by Dr jordan peterson, it makes a lot of sense in regard of his philosophy, highly appreciated

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    • Troy
    • 25/08/2015

    One of the Most Important Books Ever Written

    There are a handful of books that should truly be required and desired reading for everyone across the world. This is one of them. It is simultaneously repulsive and compelling, disheartening and hopeful.

    I read this book perhaps 20 years ago. The older I get, the more I find new meaning in it. There are a great many self-help books out there that go on and on and say nothing. Then there's a book like this that offers an unblinking look at one of history's most horrific events from an inside perspective and uses that as a lead-in to offer to us a scientific embrace of the three little words that could mean the most to all of us.

    Love. Faith. Hope.

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    • Aschecte
    • 26/09/2018

    Adversity-Suffering-Meaning

    This is a book I would normally pass on the shelf. A friend who happens to be a Psychologist recommendedI I read this; after a terrible diagnosis I received. Never and I mean NEVER has a book enveloped me, inspired me, or, said exactly what I needed to hear, and on a level compare my own troubles to. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has given up on living a meaningful life; better even know what a meaningful life can be. I would give this book 5 stars, it didn’t solve my problem, but gave me the tools to do so on my own.

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    • William
    • 03/04/2018

    I lived in Auschwitz for three hours

    My mentor (a man from the Baby-Boomer generation) recommended this book to me by saying, "it was the single most influential book I ever read." With a endorsement like that, I had no choice but to read it. I am happy to say, he did not oversell this book.

    The first three hours of Man's Search for Meaning, is a psychological account of Frankl's time in the Nazi prison camps. While I have seen countless documentaries about the atrocities that took place in those camps, Frankl made it far more real.

    Frankl explains, not just the physical torments but rather, the mental toll it took on him and the other prisoners. However, Frankl does not attempt to paint himself as a hero - quite the contrary. In perhaps the most sobering line in the book, Frankl says, "We who have come back, by the aid of many lucky chances or miracles - whatever one may choose to call them - we know: the best of us did not return.”

    In those first three hours of eloquent narration, I lived in Auschwitz.

    The last two hours of the book were not as transcendent but were still fascinating. It describes his psycho-therapeutic method (Logotherapy), which helps a person identify their purpose in life and then to use that individual purpose to overcome the obstacles in their life. Of course, in just two hours there was not a lot of time for great detail but there were still some very solid nuggets of wisdom and several interesting case studies.

    Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention Simon Vance's brilliant narration. A couple of years ago, I purchased The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection, narrated by Simon Vance. He has a soothing voice without being monotonous and in the Sherlock Holmes stories, Vance had a nice range of character voices. While there is rare occasion for this in Man's Search for Meaning, Vance's regal voice helps to add weight to this amazing text.

    If you are a scholar or just someone who could use a little perspective on your troubles, Man's Search for Meaning is five hours well spent.

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    • Derek
    • 21/07/2015

    Read This if You're Very Sick and/or Thinking About Ending Your Life

    Does a chronic disease or messed up life have you feeling like you're at the end of the line? Are you feeling like it's time to end your life? Reading/listening to this book may end your suffering. The author, Dr. Frankl, has insights on life that may change your perspective. He was a Jewish doctor in Austria when the Nazis invaded in 1938. He had the opportunity to get out of the country, but decided to stay with his family. That was the wrong choice as he ended up in concentration camps, but this little book was the result. It was/is one of the most compelling that I've ever read. Steven Covey, the self help guru, made mention of this book in the first pages of his bestseller, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." It changed him. His self help system was based largely on this book. I could go on, but I'll just say that I read this book when I was in a dark, hopeless place after my doctor told me that my 11 month treatment would have to be extended to 18 months. Perhaps that sounds like no big deal, but I was living on savings and it meant that I would run out of money before the end. Obviously, that had me feeling pretty low. This book changed my perception of my lot and perked me right up! I couldn't change my fate, but I could change the way I thought and dealt with it. Best wishes & I hope you read this!

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    • David
    • 30/10/2011

    Great book for those dealing w/ existential issues

    Great book for anyone dealing with existential issues or anyone who wants an introduction into a sound anthropological psycho-therapy method. Frankl chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate and from the viewpoint of his psycho-therapeutic / phenomenological method of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most sordid ones, and thus a reason to continue living. Through his experience, he developed a method of psycho-therapeutic method that he called logotherapy. His analysis focuses on a "will to meaning" as opposed to Adler's Nietzschean doctrine of "will to power" or Freud's "will to pleasure". Rather than power or pleasure, logotherapy is founded upon the belief that it is the striving to find a meaning in one's life that is the primary, most powerful motivating and driving force in humans. According to Frankl, "We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating a work or doing a deed; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone; and (3) by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering" and 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". For Frankl, it was his love for his wife that enabled him to survive Auschwitz and three other camps, not to mention many moments of "luck" or grace. Love, for Frankle, became the highest experience that a human can have. I appreciated the back story of Frankl's experience that lead to his method and agree with his conclusions, but I think some of his premises fall into a naturalistic fallacy. Nevertheless, he has a great ability to put into words the psychological and existential reality that one deals with when suffering or striving to understand a purpose in life.

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    • Ann Marie
    • 27/12/2004

    I will isten again and again

    The beginning of this book deals with the author's time in concentration camps, and the descriptions are all to the purpose of tracing his observations, which he later builds his theory of logotherapy on. Thus, the descriptions are not horrifying for horrors sake, but serve to educate one regarding the way these experiences were able to be withstood.

    There were a few surprises in this book as well. He mentions logotherapy, and paradoxical intention, in relation to its use in treatment for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, among other things.

    Most importantly, to myself, were the ways he showed how he had developed his ideas on man's search for meaning. These are ideas that he himself used to save his life while enduring four concentration camps. They are not ideals plucked out of the ether and argued with only intellect.

    The narrator has a European accent, which I cannot place, but which added greatly to my listening experience. Sometimes the ideas flow thick and fast and it is a challenge to keep up while also taking in completely the ideas you just heard.

    This is a book I will listen to repeatedly and learn from on each occassion.

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    • Miroslaw
    • 11/12/2008

    Between stimulus and response, there is a space...

    "Man's Search for Meaning" is the great summary of Frankl's view on life. Sold in 10 million copies - the book has two distinct parts - the first is a kind of memoir of the horrible time Frankl spent in at least four concentration camps during II World War, including Auschwitz. From all written stories about the life in camp - Frankl's relation is astonishing - there are no gruesome scenes, no ghastly relations - but through some cold description of prisoners shock, apathy, bitterness and finally deformation of morals - Frankl's account is one of the most fearful stories I have ever read. Yet, there is still a small light of humanness, still a germ of meaning in all these atrocities. Let's read: "We have come to know man as he really is. 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."

    The second part of the book deals with his LOGOTHERAPY - the fundamental theory Frankl promoted in XX century. Logotherapy seeks the cure for neurosis and existential emptiness in the search for meaning in life. There are passages in the book, also those about love and its importance that make one shiver....

    Let's read two citations from this great book:

    "An incurable psychotic individual may lose his usefulness but yet retain the dignity of a human being. This is my psychiatric credo."

    "Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

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    • Leerkkee
    • 14/01/2005

    Humbling

    All the other people that have reviewed this book have captured the content of the book very well. The only thing I have to add is that this is a book about an extraordinary man, with all of the horror he was subjected to he still remained a wonderful human. He is not bitter and does not hate the people who subjected him to these unspeakable acts, instead he tries to find the good or humor in their acts.

    This book humbled me; I used to get upset when someone took my parking spot, or cut into my queue but now I smile as I have never had to endure real horror or injustice.

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    • Patrick McCarthy
    • 23/09/2019

    Opportunism at its best (worst)

    After reading rave reviews about how this book will change your life etc. I was excited to see what it had to impart and finally started this book, after having it on my shelf for many years. I read the first half and listened to the second half. It started off telling me what I wanted to hear, as a counterpoint to self help (that it is up to the individual to decide the meaning of things, personal responsibility, self-determinism) and as such falling in line with an existentialist slant that I've been on as that counterpoint to the self-help genre, which I've found of late to be populated by mostly hucksters, (ultimately helping themselves at the expense of vulnerable people) . The first half moved me, the stories, the unimaginable situation people found themselves in, their bravery in the face of certain death at an uncertain date, and I found his pyscho-analysis of the various approaches to the situation compelling, but even in the first half some little canaries were making themselves known. And then the second half, heavily cited with articles and texts that affirmed his logotherapy, a self-congratulatory tone in anecdotes of people that were miraculously healed by two deftly asked questions as to their view on losing a child, or all their children and wife. This led to what came across as a bunch of psychobabble, especially given that the above two factors had started to arouse my skepticism. At the end he quotes a fellow logoanalyst as saying all we can do is examine the lives of those who have seemed to find the meaning to life, as opposed to those who haven't, which was not only completely counter to his entire thesis, but also wreaked of the same swill that the glut of self-help gurus had been pushing. So I looked him up. Turns out his life in the camp was very different from how it was portrayed (note the audible summary at the top, 'spent YEARS in...',) In reality he was encamped for five months rather than five years, not at Auschwitz at all, but rather in a low-level camp where he was employed as a psycho-hygienist (the term itself another indicator of things not quite right in the book, being very Nazi soundingand apparently adopted by logotherapy from Nazi psychoanalytic practice) In essence, given these revelations, it seems as though he was an opportunist, studying his fellow prisoners to elucidate an already-established theory so as to validate it. In this light he would seem to have greatly diminished, while at the same time profiting off of the very real suffering of millions, and thus just another shill. That is not to say that his theories do not contain some elements that may resonate with some. One bright spot was that I found that all his anecdotes about prisoners could easily be correlated to people who are not the victims of such horror, but who nonetheless suffer from similar hopelessness. That's why I gave the story 2 stars. But ultimately it falls short on me in light of all of this, and leads me to the conclusion that you must figure it out yourself, taking bits and pieces from all these people perhaps but not adopting it wholeheartedly. I find it strange that not one review before mentioned any of this.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 20/12/2004

    Invaluable path to a meaningful life

    Frankel's account of his concentration experience is not as moving as those of Elie Wiesel, but the second half of the book on logotherapy draws together the threads of that experience into a structure for treating patients struggling with the existential crisis of life's meaning. Frankel, the founder of logotherapy (meaning therapy), is with Freud and Adler one of the primary Viennese psychiatrists of the 20th century. For Freud sexual conflicts were key to understanding mental turmoil. For Adler it was the struggle for personal power and superiority. Frankel thought that mental conflicts arose from a desire to know the why of existence. He thought that if we know the why we can live with any what. He said the why is clear if we can love someone and if we can work at something we enjoy.
    The concentration camp experience also taught Frankel that he had control over his thoughts and feelings. No SS soldier could change his thoughts. He could always go somewhere in his mind. Frankel foreshadowed the present day's psychology of "think it and you will feel it."

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    • Felix
    • 25/07/2015

    5 star rating in all categories

    One of my absolute favorites: The first half of the book gives you an extremely vivid inside view of the 2nd world war from the perspective of a holocaust survivor (the author). In the second part of the book Frankl goes into the topics of meaning, resilience, will to live... The book opened my eyes to new perspectives on life. Narration is on point. A must read in my opinion, especially for young folks.

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    • audiomundi
    • 12/04/2010

    The meaning of suffering

    Okay, is there anyone out there who thinks, he got a serious problem? Read Frankl and think again. From the experience in four concentration camps Frankl offers deep insights into the psychology of man under extreme conditions. Maybe Frankl does not answer the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but he highlights how important it is to give meaning to ones life and ones suffering - no matter on which side of the fence you are standing.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 14/11/2020

    A moving and deep analysis of the human psyche

    Viktor Frankl shows us, that no matter how devastating, how cruel and how hopeless a situation is, humans do find the capacity to deal with the tragedies in life, for they are an inherent part of our existence. Also, he is a counterforce against the horrible influences of contemporary nihilism and cynicism, spreading like a parasite over our world and infecting weak souls, causing even more tragedies and misery.

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    • joshua
    • 17/12/2020

    Brilliant book but the audio recording could be better.

    I’m half the way through the book and there are disturbing voices in the background of the narration. It is annoying. The narrator does a good job at reading but you can hear people talking.

    They should’ve picked a quiet place to set up the recording. I have read this book on paperback and now listening it on audible. Highly recommended this book!

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 23/06/2020

    sometging i thought about

    i think that this book has lifechangeing content. everyone should at least know about the concept of the things mentioned in thia book. the are also some parts you could paint on you wall, like: 'trying to find a general meaning is putting togheter the meanings of every moviescene at the end of the movie'~

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    • Saya
    • 01/06/2022

    Musste aufmerksam zuhören um hinterher zu kommen

    Den ersten Teil fand ich wirklich großartig, hier hätte ich 5 Sterne gegeben. Er ist inhaltlich enorm dicht und enthält einiges was ich mitnehmen konnte. Der zweite Teil war auch ganz in Ordnung. Es geht eben um Logotheraphie. Ich fand ihn aber nicht so gut wie den ersten, hätte dem 2. Teil 3 Sterne gegeben.

    Der Sprecher hat eine angenehme Stimme, allerdings gibt es einige deutsche Zitate die er vorliest und die ich beim besten Willen nicht verstanden habe. Also das Deutsch des Sprechers ist eine absolute Katastrophe. Manchmal geht ihm auch fast die Luft aus, habe ich das Gefühl. Also man kann es sich schon anhören, aber gerade die völlig unverständlich gelesenen Zitate haben mich doch sehr gestört. Habe ihm deswegen 1/5 gegeben.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 16/01/2022

    Precise

    Loved it ! The precise formation of concepts and the clarity. A wonderful book.

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    • Julian Webb
    • 12/12/2021

    Very interesting and profound book

    I really liked the first part where the author talks about the psychology of his experiences in concentration camps. I was very moved.

    The second part where he discussed the basic principles of logotherapy was hard for me to follow and not entirely convincing.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 14/10/2021

    All time classic.

    Best book ever written. No other book blends better the life experience and philosophy. Great book for all of those who fell that their life is empty.

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    • Katia Fabienne Tonelle Silva
    • 13/05/2021

    Life changing book

    Meant so much to me… didn’t know anything about Logotherapy, not a big fun of psychology books, but have to say that made me curious about it.
    What a life!