Hey there! hope you’re doing wonderful today. It’s finally here, the review of the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl. In case you might be wondering where the heck this admin goes after publishing the long article, believe me, I try my best to maintain that consistency or continuity of articles.
Alright, today’s review is fantastic yet sentimental because as usual it is based on the user’s personal reading experience. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl would make you rethink your whole life. To see how? Check out the following reviews, ratings, and quotes from the books mentioned below!
Victor E. Frankl
Victor Emil Frankl was an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor. He introduced logotherapy to the world. He founded a school of psychotherapy that describes a search for a life meaning as the central human motivational force.
Logotherapy is part of existential and humanistic psychology theories, yet we can’t understand this term in a nutshell. Since “Logos” is a Greek Word for “Meaning” and it’s highly misunderstood with a psychoanalysis method.
In logotherapy, the patient is confronted with and reoriented toward the meaning of his life. Logotherapy is indeed meaning-centered psychotherapy. Victor E. Frankl published 39 books. The autobiography of Victor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, a best-selling book sold over 9 million copies. It is based on his experiences in various Nazi concentration camps.
He identified three main ways of realizing meaning in life: by making a difference in the world, by having particular experiences, or by adopting particular attitudes.
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Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frankl
“If hundreds of thousands of people reach out for a book whose very title promises to deal with the question of a meaning of life, it must be a question that burns under their fingernails”
― Viktor E. Frankl
Man’s Search For Meaning, a memoir of Victor E. Frankl containing his chronicle experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II and his psychotherapeutic method. The first part is majorly based on his real-life experiences as a prisoner of Auschwitz (the main camp of the Nazi where a concentration and extermination camp built with several gas chambers). While the second part of this book explains different scenarios to look at life and the author introduces psychotherapeutic theory called “logotherapy”.
This book will open up your mind and as you read you may encounter the central theme of existentialism; to live is to suffer, to survive is to find meaning in the suffering. If there is a purpose in life at all, there must be a purpose in suffering and dying.
Based on the author’s experience and the experiences of others he treated later 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.
“He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how”.
Man’s Search for Meaning is a must-read and I believe everyone should read this book at least once. It is one of the most influential books that describes the life of a Nazi prisoner and death camps, it’s undoubtedly a difficult & painful read. The words of the author would be hard for you to digest and you’d be sitting there thinking deep about the meaning of your life. The lessons for spiritual survival are deeply profound which you can apply to your life.
I literally felt those shivers down my spine, and the curiosity to learn more about WWII made me uncomfortable. I was thinking constantly about those sufferings a prisoner had to go through and the thought of liberation. The devastated as it may seem the feeling after the liberation doesn’t really rejoice the prisoners because they have had the same dream of liberation that had lost its joy when it finally turned into reality.
Ratings: 5/5 (I would highly recommend this book).
QUOTES FROM THE BOOK
“But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“So live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“Don’t aim at success the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“No dream, no matter how horrible, could be as bad as the reality of the camp which surrounded us, and to which was about to recall him.” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“The salvation of man is through love and in love” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“A strong feeling that fate was one’s master, and that one must not try to influence it in any way, but instead let it take its own course.” -Man’s Search for Meaning
“To suffer unneccessarily is masochistic rather than heroic”. -Man’s Search for Meaning
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” -Man’s Search for Meaning
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