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am 2. Juni 2000
This is one of my favourite books. It is really two books in one. The first is an account of the author's imprisonment in Auschwitz, and the insights he gained into the individual's search for meaning in suffering while there, and the second book is a more detailed introduction to "Logotherapy". Frankl does not deny the usefulness of Jung's or Freud's work, but he does not stop there -- he continues where they left off. His brand of pychology he calls "logotherapy" -- or "meaning therapy". In this sort of analysis, he tries to get the individual to look at their present life rather than examing complexes, phobias or dreams. Many people who are unsatisfied in their lives can trace this to a nagging sense of meaning starvation. This can be overcome, in Frankl's view. He doesn't give any very good ideas as to how one is to go about doing this in much detail, but then again, this is just an introductory text. The problem of meaning is a topic that also embraces a religious perspective on life, and it may be of interest to those who wish to pursue this further. It is a very inspirational book and contains many helpful insights for those who are struggling with any sort of suffering, pain, or grief, which they are powereless to combat. In such cases, Frankl suggests, one's only positive action may to be to endure the suffering in the right way, and to find meaning and worth in pain. This seems important to me, because life is not all happiness . . . the bad times as well as the good must be redeemed as worthwhile for an individual to feel a true sense of life's worth. Hopefully, in the future, Frankl's ideas will gain more prominence as they seem to offer more promise than most other forms of psychological theories do. A very powerful read.
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am 2. März 2000
This is by far the most inspiring book I've ever read. Starting with a firsthand account of the holocaust, and finishing with a psychoanalytical approach to the suffering which took place there, Frankl shows us his ability to objectively analyse and draw conslusions from his own experiences. His story is not one of bitterness, as one might expect, but one of survival, of deep meaning and optimism. He looks back to his holocause experience with the eye of one truly at peace with himself and his life. It is truly beautiful that one can endure such a process, even at times, questioning their will to live, and come out liberated both in body and spirit. In his toughest times, Frankl thought frequently of the love he had for his wife; this love, his meaning to survive when in the depths of hell, gave me a new outlook on my life. Frankl's story is a testament to his own philosophy. That he could survive such a trial, when the mind becomes desensitized, focusing only on the day to day camp regimen, surrounded by death at every turn, is a beautiful and inspiring fact. He allows you into the frame of mind of a holocaust victim, and poses the question of how one, once liberated physically from the camps, could even begin to reenter a society so different from the atmosphere they'd come to know. His ability to find his "will to meaning," and optimistaically help others, through logotherapy, to find a meaning in their lives, is, again, truly inspiring. Unlike some of my fellow reviewers, I find this optimism inspiring and wonderful, not naive and idealistic. We should reward him for having achieved peace in his life, especially after an experience like that, not offer pointless pessimism. This book allows you to take an emotional journey into the holocaust, seeing its effects on the mind, and gives an inspiring and optimistic look toward ways to not only survive that experience, but to turn it into something meaningful.
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am 12. Dezember 1996
My therapist lent me this book to read at a time of crisis in which I had no sense of
self-worth. I was suicidal. There were many instances descibed in this book where I found similarities
in my emotional make-up although my sufferings were no where near that dramatic and "hopeless".
In the words of Nietzsche : "He who has a WHY to live for can bear any HOW," I found peace within chaos.
Although I did not understand some of the more difficult arguments, the book set me on the path to find
my own meaning of life and the courage to live. I think that the meaning of life need not be one thing or
action but can be several but I can only think of one thing now. The meaning of my life now is to
touch the people I know or care about in the most tender and deep way I know how. And to see them happy even
for a brief moment by what I do for them is quite enough. And everyday is a new day and there is opportunity
me to do something positive in my own ways.
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am 17. Dezember 1996
I am a harsh critic although I love every kind of literature, from fiction to history. In the case of "Man's Search For Meaning" we must forget classification. It stands as the single most impressive book I have ever read. Imagine enduring three years of a consentration camp as a jew in Nazi Germany and then writing a book six months after your liberation with the words "we owe World War II a great debt . . . " Not many people could find anything positive to say about what happened. Mr. Frankl does. I recommend this book to every one who is important to me. It contains the my three favorite quotes. One is above, the others you must find for yourself. A meaningful experience, Victor Frankl's "Man's Search For Meaning". Review by Ken Ashe MBBB42A@prodigy.co
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am 13. November 1999
I have read many books on what the Jewish people and others went through during their life in the concentration camps and after. Dr. Frankl has given us an excellent insight into the during and after life of the concentration camps. He has also expressed his logotherapy and existence therapy in such a way even the layperson can readily understand. It is a book I highly recommend for all.
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am 3. Mai 2000
Fabulous Book! I can't begin to describe how great this book is! I had the unique chance of reading this book from a friend and it truly is a work of art in itself. Frankl's story of the horrors of the concentration camp is truly frightening, but out this experience that would give many a legitimate reason to give up, he finds the strength, courage and yes, compassion to go on. Why suffer through anything? Why stick with something when it seems almost hopeless? The true lesson of this book is : Through your suffering, you have the chance to touch the future. Frankl reminds us always that no matter what trials we suffer through, our ability to find a meaning in our suffering, to make sure that someone, somewhere learns from it and makes an impact in their life, is truly one of the greatest lessons of all. For such a small price I can't even fathome how useful this lesson is. Everyone who reads this book is a better person at the end. I am...for now I remember that no matter what I go through, I will touch a life, somewhere, somehow.
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am 2. März 2010
Das Buch besteht aus 2 Teilen: Einem Bericht von Viktor Frankl über seine Zeit im Konzentrationslager und einer Einführung in die von ihm begründete Logotherapie (auch als 3. Wiener Schule der Psychologie bekannt).

Es ist extrem beeindruckend, über die grauenvollen Verhältnisse im KZ zu erfahren, denen V.F. ausgesetzt war und diesen Bericht zu lesen, der ohne Bitterkeit und im Versuch geschrieben ist, nicht nur die Mitgefangenen sondern auch die Wärter zu verstehen. Damit bekommt für mich die von V. F. begründete Logotherapie einen speziellen Stellenwert als Weg, sogar in extremen Situationen die eigene psychische Gesundheit und Menschlichkeit zu bewahren. Auch im Vorgehen und zeitlichen Aufwand scheint mir die Logotherapie einem Freud, Adler oder Jung überlegen zu sein, deren Erkenntnisse damit natürlich nicht entwertet werden sollen. Für ein wirkliches Verständnis der Logotherapie ist die kurze Beschreibung ihrer Grundzüge in diesem Buch nicht ausreichend. Aber es hat mir Appetit gemacht, über das Thema weiterführende Literatur zu lesen.
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am 4. August 1996
How did anyone survive the tortuous conditions in the concentration camps in Germany? As a survivor, Viktor Frankl discusses how he observed himself and other survivors find meaning in the terrible suffering they endured. Frankly sites many examples of human courage and endurance that occurred, but he does not go into graphic detail of actual events. He explains how these experiences helped him to build upon his psychological theory which he termed Logotherapy. The book is divided into two parts, the first part describes his experiences and the second part consists of an explanation of his theory. I was emotionally moved to tears many times while reading this book and will never think about life the same way again. I have told everyone I know that they must read this book
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am 11. Februar 2009
Say yes to life, nevertheless!" is the original title in the German mother tongue of Frankl He was a philosopher, doctor, physiotherapist and founder of the Logotherapy (not to be mixed with Logopedics). This is a medical science which emphasises the openness and the chances of a situation and of life, with the aim of encouragement. The pastoral help consists according to Frankl in the dedication to a thing, to another people, in the memory of fortunate moments, in the hope, in humour and in prayer. And even when the whole thing is limitless and inevitable, there is still meaning: to endure sufferings in dignity and with courage.
Frankl, a Jew, survived the Nazi concentration camps. His parents, his wife, his brother did not. Shortly after his deliverance he wrote this book with the programmatic title. He depicts herein the life in the camp with the point of view of a participating observer. This relativization helps him to keep distance to the frightful events. At the same time he receives hope in an almost dead-end situation. He advices the desperate people around him for a more biblical attitude of "Nevertheless!" and to acquire the consciousness that even the desperation of their fight cannot harm the meaning and dignity as long as the courage is preserved.
In accordance with that Frankl tried to be an encouraging example. He told them that he himself never thought of losing hope and lived to that. "No man knows the future!" Not only hope is for Frankl a worthy power for survival, but also love - and this is also something he experiences together with his co-prisoners.
For the novelist Basil Hume Frankl`s narrative of his day-dreams in the middle of a cruel camp-reality where he speaks in thoughts with his also imprisoned wife is one of the most moving reports about human love, that he ever read. In this text Frankl also shows in which respect man is more than just a "psychologic organism" what he was for Sigmund Freud. He is rather a spiritual being, an eternal creature. In this dimension man is not vulnerable and cannot get sick.
After his release Frankl developed his Logotherapy which is taught all over the world. Frankl held several professorships in the USA. He married again. At the age of 70 he acquired his pilot license with the reasoning that he need not acquiesce in everything from himself. He meant his fear of a comedown. For somebody who teaches always to stand up, a consecutive effort.
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am 13. April 2000
I've always found it rather a cliché to say that a book has the power to change one's life. However, of any book that I've ever read, Viktor Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning has come very close to doing so. For the first time, I have found a desire to read and re-read an individual book, and have already asked others to read it as well. While it would be a tad exaggerated to say that it actually changed my life, I can say that it has had some powerful effects on my perspective on life. For the most part, it has reinforced my existing beliefs, but it has also made many things clearer for me, including the importance of one's search for meaning in life. I found many parallels in Frankl's Logotherapy to William Glasser's Choice Theory, but Frankl's views were really more profound in many ways, due partly to his account of life in a concentration camp, and partly to his ties to existentialism.
Frankl's portrayal of life in the concentration camp moved me in many ways, and on more than one occasion while reading the book. From the beauty he was able to find in unexpected moments within the hellish world of a concentration camp, to his ability to remove himself from the experience in the most humble manner, Frankl portrayed a life of suffering and anguish beyond words as having rays of hope, and even, for some, a sense of meaning. This is simply remarkable, providing for the reader a new sense of perspective on all aspects of life. Additionally, Frankl's explanations of the psychological stages of an inmate are truly enlightening. Honestly, I find it difficult to find the words to describe the first portion of the book. While it is both informative and illuminating with regard to life in a concentration camp, it is also poignant and truly inspiring, written from a different perspective than most accounts of the same subject matter.
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