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.
am 8. September 2015
I found the material so compelling that I listened on audio, then bought the paperback and transcribed all my notes into that. I also put a note on my perpetual calendar to revisit the highlights once a year. It's just that good.
I was late to the party - most of you probably already read it - but I am at an age where looking for the meaning of my life is maybe more important than ever. Viktor Frankl, as you know, was a psychiatrist who was imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. There, while he suffered, he also learned, and when he was released, he wrote this book. Could we possibly have a more seasoned teacher?
I picked up dozens of life lessons, but for brevity's sake, will mention only a few. For much more, I highly, highly recommend this book. I don't think you can be fully educated about your life's course until you read it thoughtfully. And don't be afraid, as I was, of the heartbreaking circumstances of the camps. Frankl uses them as a basis for making his points, but doesn't sensationalize them. Even a wuss like me can handle it.
Here are some of the best concepts I gleaned from Man's Search for Meaning:
* Don't ask what is the meaning of life. Ask what meaning you are giving to your existence, for this is your responsibility.
* Meaning can be found in suffering. In America, we act like we're ashamed of it. Why not hold your head up and suffer proudly? Add it to your list of accomplishments. Don't seek it, but if you're stuck with it, do it well. Add it to your life's accounting.
* Man can endure anything if he sees a purpose. In one example, a widower couldn't rise above his grief. Frankl helped him see that by being the survivor, the man spared his late wife the pain. Thus he was heroic. The man rallied, glad to have spared his wife the anguish.
* Some see the pages of one's calendar torn off, and grieve over time passing. Frankl says to think of each page of the calendar as a well-lived, fine accounting of oneself. The stack of pages amounts to a kind of wealth, like a full granary. How did I do? How did I live? What is the accounting of my life? This perspective gives our days meaning.
There is so much more. I can only recommend this book to you with all my heart. Thank you, Dr. Frankl. You certainly made a great accounting of your life, and your suffering.
am 27. August 2012
Das Buch besteht aus zwei Teilen. Im ersten Teil beschreibt Viktor Frankl wie er die Konzentrationslager im zweiten Weltkrieg überlebt hat. Seine Schilderungen über das Grauen und die unmenschlichen, unerträglichen Zustände und Geschehnisse transportieren trotz allen Leides auch Zuversicht und Kraft. Er teilt seine Erfahrungen, wie es Menschen gelingen kann, das Unerträgliche zu ertragen. Wie innere Bilder z.B. Gedanken an die Lieben zuhause, helfen können übermenschliche Leidensfähigkeit zu entwickeln. Im zweiten Teil des Buches erklärt er wie er auch diesen Erfahrungen eine Theorie entwickelt hat, die ihn in seiner Arbeit als Psychologe geleitet hat. Absolut lesenswert!
am 29. April 2016
Selbst wenn man nicht besonders erpicht darauf ist, sich die menschenunwürdigen Bedingungen in einem Konzentrationslager gegen Ende des II.Weltkrieges vorzustellen, ist dieses Buch trotzdem lesenswert. Im ersten Teil des Buches versteht es der Autor dem Leser die Ausnahmesituation eines Lagers reflektierend zu schildern. Der Leser kann sich hineinfinden und sogar Parallelen ziehen zu eigenen, obgleich weniger drastischen Erfahrungen z.B. im Arbeitsleben. Es geht um das Menschliche. Auf beiden Seiten (Wärter und Gefangene) gibt es menschliche Regungen, die vom Autor professionell beschrieben werden. Das Buch erinnert an den Film und das Buch "Schindlers Liste".
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
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
am 10. Februar 1998
Rarely I feel the necessity to comment anybody or anything, but this book deserves it. I also got the advice to read it from my therapeut and, yes, in the life-limit situation. I don't think it's because of it I'm still living, but it surely push bounds my knowledge a bit forward. I have red it for a second time during last days and understand a little more...it should be red for many times. Like in E. Fromm's "To have or to be", there is no simple solution -- but it helpes you to find your own. Because you only need to know WHY and the remaining is so easy...(so read Nietzche also, he is full of vitality) From other people I could only take a little -- like I took from Tony Shue's review some months ago, when I was looking for this book. I know, I don't have to repay him or my psychologist or friends, known or unknown people which helped me, knowing or unknowing -- but I feel I should do the same for someone else, known or unknown, who might be in need of simple human touch. So I wrote it -- maybe this book is the touch you need.
am 23. August 2014
Ein Buch das mich sehr gemütlich überrascht hat. Am Anfang kann das Buch traurig und schwarz sein, später wird es mehr spirituäl und positiv. Man kann nicht glauben was er hier lesen kann.. Das zweite Teil geht es um Psychologie und ich find es nicht so interessant wie das erste Teil.
Insgesamt, ein Buch das ich jedem vorschlagen will.