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Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust Kindle Edition
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Man's Search For Meaning is an excellent perspective-checker, an excellent first-hand account of how horrible people can be to each other, a tribute to the human ability to make sense of the suffering and pain one endures, and a poignant insight into the psychology that kept some prisoners alive in Auschwitz while others perished.
I was continually struck with the way Frankl beautifully weaves discussion of psychology and the ways in which people respond to shocking circumstances into the description of the realities facing the prisoners in the Nazi death camps. The book is an ongoing push-pull between feeling utterly sick reading the occurrences in the camp and inspired by the positions taken by some prisoners, as well as the beauty that sporadically managed to shine into the camp. Hope is one of the most powerful forces available to humanity, and it energised the prisoners as no bread or water could.
The new addition of a discussion of Logotherapy is very helpful for application into one's own life today, and much of Frankl's explanation of it seems logical and with merit. It's a testament to the quality of the writer that both halves of the book are equally enthralling to read and ingest.
I feel I may need to put this into a rotation to allow the concepts to sink deeper. I wish more people wrote with grace and beauty like Frankl; He shows beauty in the midst of terror and maintains an objective perspective like nobody else I've read. A story of Frankl speaking to the other prisoners and encouraging them to find hope and see the positives of their imprisonment is one of the finest things I've read.
Is suffering meaningless? Whose responsibility are the decisions in your life?
Is only youth to be valued?
Victor helps you think through these questions in his book.
I was late to the party - most of you probably already read it - but I am at an age where looking for the meaning of my life is maybe more important than ever. Viktor Frankl, as you know, was a psychiatrist who was imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. There, while he suffered, he also learned, and when he was released, he wrote this book. Could we possibly have a more seasoned teacher?
I picked up dozens of life lessons, but for brevity's sake, will mention only a few. For much more, I highly, highly recommend this book. I don't think you can be fully educated about your life's course until you read it thoughtfully. And don't be afraid, as I was, of the heartbreaking circumstances of the camps. Frankl uses them as a basis for making his points, but doesn't sensationalize them. Even a wuss like me can handle it.
Here are some of the best concepts I gleaned from Man's Search for Meaning:
* Don't ask what is the meaning of life. Ask what meaning you are giving to your existence, for this is your responsibility.
* Meaning can be found in suffering. In America, we act like we're ashamed of it. Why not hold your head up and suffer proudly? Add it to your list of accomplishments. Don't seek it, but if you're stuck with it, do it well. Add it to your life's accounting.
* Man can endure anything if he sees a purpose. In one example, a widower couldn't rise above his grief. Frankl helped him see that by being the survivor, the man spared his late wife the pain. Thus he was heroic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book though quite small in terms of the time it takes to read, is vast in terms of conveying an understanding of the impact of loss and finding a way to develop resilience by... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Difficult to read and very boring in parts but nonetheless a good tribute to the triumph of spirit over adversity. Never give up or give in is the bottom line!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found the stories of Auschwitz that Dr Frankl revisits in this book fascinating. How men's attitude toward their suffering dictated their survival and what a man could become... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Needs to be read by everyone. We choose the way we love and live. The background of the story may be grim but the feeling is uplifting.Published 12 months ago by warwick absolon
It's amazing how resilient the human spirit can be despite adversity. And out of that incredible suffering grew worthwhile and valuable fruit to help other suffers of all kind. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SCHALK RAS
Inspirational and realistic. A jewel. Few books are so useful from the psychological point of view. It is a shout of hope in a nihilistic world.Published 13 months ago by Veronica Adam
Victor Frankl was often asked "what is the meaning of life?" As it happens, according to his shared wisdom, there is no one meaning that is the same for everyone. Read morePublished 20 months ago by maf1974
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