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With more than 4 million copies in print in the English language alone, Man’s Search for Meaning, the chilling yet inspirational story of Viktor Frankl’s struggle to hold on to hope during his three years as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, is a true classic.

Description of Man’s Search for Meaning


Dr. Frankl, author-psychiatrist, sometimes asks his patients who suffer from a multitude of torments great and small, “Why do you not commit suicide?“.

From their answers he can often find the guide-line for his psychotherapy: in one life there is love for one’s children to tie to; in another life, a talent to be used; in a third, perhaps only lingering memories worth preserving.

To weave these slender threads of a broken life into a firm pattern of meaning and responsibility is the object and challenge of logotherapy, which is Dr. Frankl’s own version of modern existential analysis.

In this book, Dr. Frankl explains the experience which led to his discovery of logotherapy. As a longtime prisoner in bestial concentration camps he found himself stripped to naked existence.

His father, mother, brother, and his wife died in camps or were sent to the gas ovens, so that, excepting for his sister, his entire family perished in these camps.

How could he every possession lost, every value destroyed, suffering from hunger, cold and brutality, hourly expecting extermination how could he find life worth preserving?

A psychiatrist who personally has faced such extremity is a psychiatrist worth listening to.

He, if anyone, should be able to view our human condition wisely and with compassion. Dr. Frankl’s words have a profoundly honest ring, for they rest on experiences too deep for deception.

What he has to say gains in prestige because of his present position on the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna and because of the renown of the logotherapy clinics that today are springing up in many lands, patterned on his own famous Neurological Policlinic in Vienna.

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About the Author of Man’s Search for Meaning


Viktor E. Frankl is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School. 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.

His work has been called “perhaps the most significant thinking since Freud and Adler” by the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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 thirty books, which have been translated into twenty-three languages, including Japanese and Chinese.

He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, as well as at universities in Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Dallas. Honorary doctoral degrees have been conferred upon him by twenty-seven universities, and the American Psychiatric Association has honored him with the Oskar Pfister Award.

He has been a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and has made more than ninety lecture tours throughout the United States alone.

Man’s Search for Meaning Book Details


Book’s Name : Man’s Search for Meaning
Author : Viktor E. Frankl
Country : United States
Original language : English
ISBN : 680KB
Number of Pages : 98 Pages

Summary Of Man’s Search for Meaning

The main goal of this book is to provide perspective and techniques for a person to use to find meaning in his or her life. It is written in an autobiographical style by psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl.

He discusses many specific examples from his imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp, along with his professional knowledge to offer a method for discovering personal fulfillment and a sense of meaning in life. With descriptive language, Frankl creates a vivid image of this horrible ordeal.

He begins the book by describing his reactions and observations at the outset of his imprisonment. Specifically, he details the conditions of the concentration camp and defines specific terms. He tells the reader that facts are presented only as they are part of man’s experience, which provides the basis for understanding the psychology of individuals who face extreme suffering.

Frankl tells the story of his and others’ suffering in order to provide a first hand account of the thoughts and behaviors a person goes through when confronted with such misery.

He writes in a style that reflects the mindset of the individual prisoner, specifically the common and unknown person. Based on his imprisonment and his training in Psychiatry, Frankl identifies three significant periods for a prisoner: following admission into the camp; when well entrenched in camp routine; and following release and liberation.

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Final Word

This story is not about the suffering and death of great heroes and martyrs, nor is it about the prominent Caposprisoners who acted as trustees, having special privileges or well-known prisoners. Thus it is not so much concerned with the sufferings of the mighty, but with the sacrifices, the crucifixion and the deaths of the great army of unknown and unrecorded victims. It was these common prisoners, who bore no distinguishing marks on their sleeves, whom the Capos really despised.