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  • Verlag: Blackstone Audio Books; Auflage: Unabridged (Dezember 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1455118397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455118397
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,7 x 16,5 x 3 cm
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The founder of logotherapy explores the uniqueness of man's humanness, attacks the pseudo-humanism in current psychoanalysis, and presents a case for reinvesting psychoanalysis with humanism while preserving the traditions of Freudian analysis and behaviorism. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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

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 twenty-six books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, including Japanese and Chinese. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Duquesne, and Southern Methodist Universities. Honorary Degrees have been conferred upon him by Loyola University in Chicago, Edgecliff College, Rockford College, and Mount Mary College, as well as by universities in Brazil and Venezuela. He has been a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and has made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He is President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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In the dialogue with Pinchas Lapide Frankl formulates that man is becoming himself, is realizing himself, is purely man exactly to the same degree as he does not try to realize himself or his own luck, rather he should be in the process of giving himself away to something else (or somebody else). Frankl`s extension of psychotherapy to transcendence comes from Jewish, Biblical thinking. It wants to set man free from his self-centerdness, which spoils his ways and removes him from God.
This kind of thinking is somehow biblically designed and practised in therapy. In the manner of Jesus for example who said: "who finds his life will lose it, and who loses it for my sake will find it". Lapide mentions this relation to the New Testament in his conversation with Frankl.
Nothing what is important for man, be it motherhood, a commandment, love, nothing is allowed to serve as an idol, Frankl teaches. Only in the extended view of the transcendence these things attain their fulfillment.
Frankl explains Saint-Exupery who had said: "Love means not to stare in the eyes of one another, but to look into the same direction together" in this way: "The real lovers look parallel into the eternity, they pray together. Love is a mutual prayer, a prayer for two."
The key for a complete life is the conscience, the "organ" to find meaning. Given that the non-religious man who has also conscience and responsibility is a man who ignores the transcendency of the conscience, he misses yet the question of responsibility for what? And of conscience from who? He takes conscience as the last thing in front of which he has to be responsible, but he ignores that it is only the last but one, because the last is God.
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Deepening Insight into the Ultimate Search for Man's Meaning 2. Juli 2006
Von Muhammad Pyran Hewitt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This was a wonderful book. I highly recommend it immediately after you read Man's Search for Meaning. This is a continuation and extension of the Introduction to Logotherapy that comprises the second half of Man's Search for Meaning. This book is more academic and less personal, but still full of insight and humanity. Frankl touches on many different aspects of life and existential vacuums that we all face. Here are some of his remarks that I thought perticularly noteworthy and that will give you a feel for the overall nature of this work.

Frankl's Definition of God

"God is the partner of your most intimate soliloquies. Whenever you are talking to yourself in utmost sincerity and ultimate solitude-he to whom you are addressing yourself may justifiably be called God." {NB: This is in the context of a non-theistic statement, Frankl notes that a religious person would assert that these are real dialogues between himself and God, while an atheist would be equally correct in insisting that they are only monologues within his own mind. Frankl, himself, I think tends toward the latter position.}

Frankl, Viktor. "Determinism and Humanism: Critique of Pan-Determinism" The Unheard Cry for Meaning. pg. 63.


"Man is - by virtue of the self-trancendent quality of the human reality - basically concerned with reaching out beyond himself, be it toward a meaning to fulfill, or toward another human being to lovingly encounter."

Frankl, Viktor. "Determinism and Humanism: Critique of Pan-Determinism" The Unheard Cry for Meaning. pg. 80.

On the Meaning of Sex

"Human sex is always more than mere sex, and it is more than sex to the extent that it serves as the physical expression of something metasexual, is the physical expression of love. Only to the extent that sex carries out this function is it a rewarding experience." {To the extent that sex fails in this task, ie. using another person as a tool, failing to connect to that person as a subject, not simply an object, it is referred to as 'masturbatory' and 'neurotic' by Frankl.}

Frankl, Viktor. "Determinism and Humanism: Critique of Pan-Determinism" The Unheard Cry for Meaning. pg. 80.

The Pursuit of Happiness

"The more one's search for meaning is frustrated, the more intensively he devotes himself to what ... has been termed the 'pursuit of happiness.' When this pursuit originates in a frustrated search for meaning it is aimed at intoxication and stupifaction. In the final analysis it is self-defeating, for happiness can arise only as a result of living out one's self-transcendence, one's dedication to a cause to be served or a person to be loved."

Frankl, Viktor. "The Dehumanization of Sex" The Unheard Cry for Meaning. pg. 83.

Hyper-reflection and Existential Emptiness

"Paying too much attention to something is what I am used to calling 'hyper-reflection.' The patient is invited to carefully observe and watch himself; what is even more important, he is encouraged to endlessly discuss whatever he furnishes from within himself. Hyper-discussion becomes more and more a substitute for the meaning of life which is today so often missing, and missed by those who are caught in an 'existential vacuum,' a feeling of emptiness and meaninglessness." {There is also a discussion on the principle of hyper-interpretation, which subjects one to a relentless examination on one's 'real motivations.'}

Frankl, Viktor. "Critique of Pure Encounter" The Unheard Cry for Meaning. pg. 76.
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Life Changing 7. April 2011
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I don't want to exaggerate and say this book changed my life, but it has had an incredible impact on my personal philosophy. It's just an amazing book. If existentialism and psychology made a love child, this would be it. I'm still not sure why he isn't more known. Everyone could benefit from his brilliant thoughts. I have major depression and his work has helped me say yes to life.
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Thought provoking but slightly too technical 19. Juni 2003
Von Don Nguyen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is a book about finding meaning in life. The book makes a very clear distinction between having a successful life and having a meaningful life. Frankl uses many good examples to illustrate the difference between the two. He cites Harvard graduates, many of whom lead successful lives yet at the same time are overpowered by a sense of futility. Although they have achieved financial and social success, their lives are lacking genuine fulfillment.
The second and third chapters of the book are slightly confusing. The second chapter is a critique of pan-determinism. Although many of his arguments seem compelling, unfortunately he does not explain the definition of pan-determinism so a lot of the chapter was unintelligible. The third chapter is a critique of pure encounter, and suffers from the same problems as the second.
The book addresses a number of interesting issues. The books asks "How can life have meaning when human existence is such a temporary affair?" The book also points out that in an increasingly affluent society, people have more time and money to spend but nothing meaningful on which to spend it. The part of the book I enjoyed most was this quote from Ludwig von Bertalanffy
"The expanding economy of the `affluent society' could not subsist without such manipulation. Only by manipulating humans ever more into Skinnerian rats, robots, buying automata, homeostatically adjusted conformers and opportunists can this great society follow its progress toward ever increasing gross national product."
The above quote illustrates how we have been duped into believing that materialism is the path to meaning and happiness in life. However, this is not the truth but merely an illusion fed to us by clever manipulators.
The main thing I disliked about the book is its extensive use of philosophical and psychological jargon. From the style of the prose, I don't think the book was targeted at a general audience.
The final chapter discusses paradoxical intention and dereflection. Paradoxical intention is a process by which "the patient is encouraged to do, or to wish to happen, the very thing he fears". For example, instead of trying to stave off anxiety, Frankl suggests to his patient that he embraces anxiety and attempts to heighten the sensation, thereby making it subside. Dereflection appears to be another form of paradoxical intention targeted at curing sexual ailments.
Ultimately, the book concludes that each person must find his own meaning in life. However, in a slight twist the author also demonstrates that in some cases the harder you strive for something, the more it eludes you. The more you search for happiness, the more it slips from your grasp. I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone who is facing a crisis of meaning. It certainly will not unlock the key to the meaning of life but it certainly will provoke thought and perhaps point you in the right direction.
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Classic 26. Februar 2013
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Great perspective for the psychology of being happy and fulfilled. Frankl astutely points out that happiness is a relative condition and that having an inner sense of an all encompassing sense of purpose that has worth to you makes even the most horrible conditions and bad things that happen to you endurable. Refreshing respite from Freud, Jung, Skinner, Rogers, et al Belabored the introduction some.
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A book for everyone 3. Juli 2013
Von John Gay - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If yopu only read 10 books in your life, this should be one of them. An amazing story by an extreamly amazing man.
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