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Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
Publish Date
May 31
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Loved it. Really loved it.     source
Apr 03, 2018
I think this book is incredibly important.     source
Mar 04, 2019
Man’s Search for Meaning provides compelling examples of humanity’s perseverance through trying situations. This is another book that I’ve read dozens of times. It taught me that if you change the meaning, you change everything. Meaning equals emotion, and emotion equals life.     source
Jan 20, 2017
Both books are absolutely essential to me in order to keep my perspectives correct in a changing world.     source
Jul 14, 2011
Here is a list of books that I found particularly influential in my intellectual development.      source
A meditation on what the gruesome experience of Auschwitz taught the author about the primary purpose of life: the quest for meaning, which sustained those who survived.     source
One of my favorite books.     source
A hugely important book for me.     source
This book illustrates that it’s not our circumstances but the decisions we make that diminish or develop us. Nothing has any meaning but the meaning we choose to give it. We alone have that power.     source
Jul 14, 2011
Powerful, deep, etc. First half describes life inside Auschwitz. Second half has powerful succinctly-said insights into the universal struggle. There's a reason this book has sold a billion copies.     source
Jul 14, 2011
I’m at a loss for words here. Just read it. Don’t read it for the Holocaust. Or psychological theory. Read it because when you’re about halfway through you will realize your life is no longer the same. And next time you get a chance to whisper in the ear of someone about to kill himself, whisper words from this book.     source
The book I’ve probably gifted the most is Man's Search for Meaning, since I’m 16.     source
From Man's Search for Meaning I interpreted that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, and that having meaning in our life is essential.     source
Outlines methods to discover deep meaning and purpose in life.     source
If I were to take the meaning of Man's Search for Meaning, and turn it into an equation, it would be despair equals suffering minus meaning.     source
His basic point is no matter the conditions we surround ourselves in, we can author our life.     source