Man’s Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaningby Viktor Frankl • Memoir

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life” explains Viktor Frankl, “he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated.” For Frankl, the dignity of the person still shone through, even when they were stripped of their dignity and every earthly possession in the Nazi concentration camps between 1942 and 1945. How did he and others survive such unspeakable suffering? For him, it came down to finding meaning – in life and in suffering. If you could find meaning in it, you could survive. Before he entered the concentration camps, Frankl had been working on a “therapeutic doctrine” called logotherapy, from the Greek “logos” or meaning. While there, his experiences and those of his fellow-sufferers cemented those theories.

In this book, Frankl first describes his and others’ experiences in the concentration camp, then goes on to explain the basic concepts of logotherapy and what it can do. It is absolutely fascinating and I highly recommend it.

Publisher: Beacon Press  • ISBN: 978 080701429 5