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Man's search for meaning : an introduction to logotherapy

Author: Viktor E Frankl
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [1992]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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A prominent Viennese psychiatrist recounts his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Personal narratives
Named Person: Viktor E Frankl; Viktor E Frankl
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Viktor E Frankl
ISBN: 0807014265 9780807014264
OCLC Number: 47688084
Notes: First published in German in 1946 under the title Ein Psycholog erlebt das Konzentrationslager. Original English title was From Death-Camp to Existentialism.
Description: 154 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface / by Gordon W. Allport --
Preface to the 1992 edition / by Viktor E. Frankl --
Experiences in a concentration camp --
Logotherapy in a nutshell --
Postscript 1984: The case for a tragic optimism.
Other Titles: Psycholog erlebt das Konzentrationslager.
Responsibility: Viktor E. Frankl ; part one translated by Ilse Lasch ; preface by Gordon W. Allport.

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A prominent Viennese psychiatrist recounts his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp.

When Man's Search for Meaning was first published in 1959, it was hailed by Carl Rogers as "one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought in the last fifty years." Now, more than forty years and 4 million copies later, this tribute to hope in the face of unimaginable loss has emerged as a true classic. Man's Search for Meaning--at once a memoir, a self-help book, and a psychology manual--is the story of psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's struggle for survival during his tree years in Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. Yet rather than "a tale concerned with the great horrors," Frankl focuses in on the "hard fight for existence" waged by "the great army of unknown and unrecorded." Viktor Frankl's training as a psychiatrist allowed him a remarkable perspective on the psychology of survival. In these inspired pages, he asserts the "the will to meaning" is the basic motivation for human life. This simple and yet profound statement became the basis of his psychological theory, logotherapy, and forever changed the way we understand our humanity in the face of suffering. As Nietzsche put it, "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." Frankl's seminal work offers us all an avenue to greater meaning and purpose in our own lives--a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the act of living. -- Inside jacket flap.

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