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Man's Search For Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust by [Frankl, Viktor E]
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A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. The sort of person the concentration camp prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Frankl came to believe man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; New Ed edition (9 December 2013)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EKOC0HI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I found the material so compelling that I listened on audio, then bought the paperback and transcribed all my notes into that. I also put a note on my perpetual calendar to revisit the highlights once a year. It's just that good.

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.
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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 choosing to learn to employ ideas or strive for goals that have meaning particularly so if they have context in regard to the initial trauma.
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As a Psychiatrist, reading this book has given me the ability to see past the manualized psychotherapies of late & the primitive and lengthy psychotherapies of old. This book delves into finding meaning in life, despite suffering and adversity. Using his experience as a prisoner in concentration camps, Frankl gives an honest account of his human experience enmeshed with his professional experience. His logic, comparisons and metaphors will serve readers in understanding meaning in life better. It also serves to introduce the reader to logotherapy in a condensed form. Highly recommended & I will definitely have to reread this book numerous times in my life.
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I bought this book many years ago and lost it. It is one of the most important books I have ever read. In my line of work (I am a retired nurse) I often saw what happens when people lose all sense of hope and meaning for life. This book gave me courage to try to instill a sense of purpose.
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The meaning of life can be approached from many angles as pointed out in works like Disciples of Fortune, The Godfather, The Salamander, War and Peace. However, the core of its comfort is finding joy, happiness and a sense of purpose from it. Viktor Frankl brought those aspects together in a nutshell.
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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. Different circumstances call for different meanings, meaning in suffering, meaning in joy, meaning at different phases of your life. This book is a tremendous look into to depths of human suffering and the meaning that can be found there... how that can then set you up for a life of joy is absolutely mind blowing! Please read this!
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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. And give meaning to the hopeless.
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Most Christians (and many others) wonder where "suffering" fits into the human experience... well, this book goes a long way to providing an answer. It's brutal at times, and lifts the lid on the immense suffering caused by the Nazis, but it's also encouraging to consider the end results of extreme human failure. Not for the faint hearted, but an important contribution to helping round out "the meaning of life".
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