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The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapyby Viktor E Frankl
Synopses & Reviews
From the author of Man's Search for Meaning, one of the most influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud.
"Perhaps the most significant thinker since Freud and Adler," said The American Journal of Psychiatry about Europe's leading existential psychologist, the founder of logotherapy.
Frankl discusses logotherapy--man's motivation to search for meaning in his life--in the context of other prominent psychotherapies and describes the techniques he uses with his patients to combat the "existential vacuum". 11 line drawings.
About the Author
Viktor E. Frankl was the former Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School and Distinguished Professor of Logotherapy at the U.S. International University. He was the founder of what has come to be called the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy (after Freud's psychoanalysis and Adler's individual psychology) — the school of logotherapy.
Born in 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During World War II he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps.
Dr. Frankl first published in 1924 in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and has since published twenty-six books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, including Japanese and Chinese. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Duquesne and Southern Methodist Universities. Honorary Degrees have been conferred upon him by Loyola University in Chicago, Edgecliff College, Rockford College and Mount Mary College, as well as by universities in Brazil and Venezuela. He has been a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and has made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He is President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy.He died in Vienna at the age of 92.
Table of Contents
The Will To Meaning Preface
Introduction: The Situation of Psychotherapy and the Position of Logotherapy
Part One: Foundations of Logotherapy
Metaclinical Implications of Psychotherapy
Self-Transcendence as a Human Phenomenon
What is Meant by Meaning?
Part Two: Applications of Logotherapy
The Existential Vaccum: A Challenge to Psychiatry
Conclusion: Dimensions of Meaning
Afterword: The De-Gurufication of Logotherapy
Selected English-Language Bibliography of Logotherapy
Index of Authors and Sources
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