Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

An Introduction to Logotherapy

Downloadable Audiobook - 2004 | Unabridged
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Man's Search for Meaning is the chilling yet inspirational story of Viktor Frankl's struggle to hold on to hope during the unspeakable horrors of his years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Through every waking moment of his ordeal, Frankl's training as a psychiatrist lent him a remarkable perspective on the psychology of survival. As a result of these experiences, 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. Frankl's assertion that "the will to meaning" is the...
Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC, 2004
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781481547185
Characteristics: 1 online resource (4 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon
OverDrive, Inc

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tj_is_cool
Mar 06, 2018

1) Frankl often quotes Nietzsche: "He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."
2) A method employed in psychology, "logotherapy" causes a patient to pinpoint and become familiar with the meaning of his life, which according to Frankl is the patient's will to strive, succeed, and to live.
3) Frankl goes on to suggest three ways in which one can strive for meaning. The first one is to accomplish something. Additionally, meaning can be found by loving another. Finally, man can find meaning by suffering.
4) Suffering in and of itself is meaningless; we give our suffering meaning by the way in which we respond to it.
5) Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, you freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.

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ranvapa
Feb 24, 2018

In telling his story, Dr. Frankl convincingly argues that the secret to life is not happiness, but meaning.

It is difficult to read about his suffering and the suffering of millions at the hands of the Nazis. His resulting wisdom and hope for the future are incredibly inspiring.

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