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When Beacon Press first published Man's Search for Meaning in 1959, Carl Rogers called it "one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years." In the thirty-three years since then, this book — at once a memoir, a self-help book, and a psychology manual — has become a classic that has sold more than three million copies in English language editions. Man's Search for Meaning tells the chilling and inspirational story of eminent psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and other concentration camps for three years during the Second World War. Immersed in great suffering and loss, Frankl began to wonder why some of his fellow prisoners were able not only to survive the horrifying conditions, but to grow in the process. Frankl's conclusion — that the most basic human motivation is the will to meaning — became the basis of his groundbreaking psychological theory, logotherapy. As Nietzsche put it, "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." In Man's Search for Meaning, Frankl outlines the principles of logotherapy, and offers ways to help each one of us focus on finding the purpose in our lives. This new edition of Man's Search for Meaning includes a new preface by the author, in which he explains his decision to remain in his native Austria during the Nazi invasion, a choice which eventually led to his imprisonment. It also includes an updated bibliography of books, articles, records, films, videotapes, and audio tapes about logotherapy.

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"Frankl is a professional who possesses the rare ability to write in a layman?s language." Gerald F. Kreyche, DePaul University

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"An enduring work of survival literature." New York Times

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"If you read but one book this year, Dr. Frankl?s book should be that one." Los Angeles Times

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"Perhaps the most significant thinking since Freud and Adler." The American Journal of Psychiatry

Synopsis:

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.

Cited in Dr. Frankl's New York Times obituary in 1997 as "an enduring work of survival literature," Man's Search for Meaning is more than the 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" (Gordon W. Allport).

About the Author

Viktor E. Frankl is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School and Distinguished Professor of Logotherapy at the U.S. International University. He is 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.

Table of Contents

Experiences in a concentration camp — Logotherapy in a nutshell — Postscript 1984. The case for a tragic optimism.

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ecisneros007, September 2, 2008 (view all comments by ecisneros007)
This is the kind of book that grabs you from start to finish....i read this for my philosophy class and still find myself picking it up every now and then to re-read some passages. I highly recommend this book to everyone of all reading tastes.

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This is a must read for everyone. How can one survive not only physcially but emotionally and spiritually in the midst of something as horrendous as being a prisoner in a concentration camp? This book chronicals how those that did surive were able to do just that. It's an incredible book on survival and how to find meaning in our own lives.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671023379
Preface:
Allport, Gordon W.
Author:
Allport, Gordon W.
Author:
Frankl, Viktor Emil
Author:
Frankl, Viktor E.
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Psychology of Religion
Subject:
Personal narratives
Subject:
Psychologists
Subject:
Logotherapy
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Psychology : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. and updated.
Edition Description:
B101
Series Volume:
287-4F
Publication Date:
January 1984
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 3.815 oz

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Product details 224 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780671023379 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Frankl is a professional who possesses the rare ability to write in a layman?s language."
"Review" by , "An enduring work of survival literature."
"Review" by , "If you read but one book this year, Dr. Frankl?s book should be that one."
"Review" by , "Perhaps the most significant thinking since Freud and Adler."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

Cited in Dr. Frankl's New York Times obituary in 1997 as "an enduring work of survival literature," Man's Search for Meaning is more than the 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" (Gordon W. Allport).

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