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Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning

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Hardcover, 191 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by MJF Books (NYC)
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Oct 26, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*****************Many readers have confused "Man's Search for Meaning" with "Man's Search for ULTIMATE Meaning" and put their review under the the wrong title. Be aware that these are TWO DIFFERENT BOOKS. They are NOT two different editions of the same book.**************

I'm not sure I was ever convinced that Freud's interpretation of the mind was correct, which renders at least 50% of this book pointless since much of it is dedicated to disproving his ideas.

The arguments in favor of Frankl's o
May 11, 2011 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Viktor's story about his survival from a Concentration Camp is very enlightening. Here are some quotes I liked:
p. 66 Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

p. 66-7 Dostoevski said once, "There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my suffereings." These words frequently came to my mind after I became acquainted with those martyrs whose behavior in camp, wh
David Roberts
Jul 02, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read to research this post was Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning by Viktor Frankl which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This book is the follow up to Man's Search For Meaning also by Viktor Frankl and the best book I have ever read. In that book it was about his experiences in a concentration camp during World War 2 and how he found meaning to his existence whilst there which led to him developing logotherapy and becoming a celebrated psychiatrist and psycho therapist. ...more
Greg Talbot
May 22, 2014 Greg Talbot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thinking I had picked up the storied, heralded "Man's Search for Meaning", I was mesmerized by Frankl's easy way with discussing abstract psychological concepts, and applying them to concrete situations. But the shine did not wear off once I learned it was another "meaning" book by the logo-therapy trailblazer.

Frankl here concerns himself with that murky line between psychological analysis and religious exploration that both intertwine with self-development. His religious discussion is decidedly
Dec 27, 2010 Johnnee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While vacationing in Brooklyn, a girl whose lent me her couch to sleep on called me a hippie for reading this book. I panicked and tried to convince her, and myself, that I was NOT a dirty hippie. I don't smoke pot, or listen to jam bands, or even love everybody. At the same time, this book really is intensively self-reflective. Frankl's Logotherapy is a great response to life in my opinion, and his philosophy has a lot of value that you can take with you after you're done reading. This book is ...more
Bj Conner
May 31, 2013 Bj Conner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this so long ago, forgive my broad summary. He takes the three part composition of the Soul from Freud, who was IMHO taking Plato's system and translating it from Greek into Latin: Logos, Eros, Ethos: Ego, Id, Super-Ego; and turns that two dimensional analysis into a three dimensional one. Indeed, we can even add past, present, and future to make the complexity of the Soul more visual. Building a system to explain our Inner World, Frankl scratches the itch of explaining ourselves to ourse ...more
Feroz Khan Hamid
May 18, 2015 Feroz Khan Hamid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought, bro-library
This was a very good book ! I learned that we can find meaning to every single situation and reason, that there might be something other than a whole, wide meaning to life.. And, that we can find meaning in suffering/through it ! Journey on the search for meaning just got a lot more wider and is accompanied by even more clarity
Erik Stronks
This book, while full of engaging philosophical ideas, feels rather outdated. The empirical science, the psychiatric viewpoints and the ethical concepts feel distinctly mid-twentieth-century. Unsurprisingly, that is when most of the book was written.
The last few chapters, added later as ideas and concepts evolved and science progressed, are a much better read.

If you're non-religious, and especially if you've read any of the works of recent 'new atheists', it shouldn't be hard to punch a lot of h
May 21, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pocos libros te pueden ayudar a sobrellevar un momento difícil como El hombre en busca del sentido de Viktor Franklin. Y no porqué su experiencia en los campos de concentración nazi hagan parecer tus penas como un capricho infantil sino por la sabiduría que obtuvo de esa traumática experiencia: no somos cosas. Suena obvio pero a veces en este mundo neurótico y consumista en el que se tiende al utilitarismo de la experiencia humana nos olvidamos muy fácilmente de esa última libertad oculta en nue ...more
Raúl Díaz Merino

Este libro me lo leí para subir nota en la asignatura de psicología, por lo que podría clasificarse en cierto modo dentro de ese grupo de "libros de instituto". No obstante, es un libro que me ha gustado bastante, pues hasta ahora no había leído ninguno que mostrase la vida dentro de los campos de concentración nazis con tanto realismo.

Cabe mencionar que Viktor E. Frankl nos ofrece una visión un tanto psicológica de lo que se vivió alli, además, el autor n
Whole And
Dec 28, 2014 Whole And rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinarily difficult yet profound book.

Victor Frankl takes us by the hand and walks us through some of the most devastating inhumane conditions imaginable. Be warned, this is not an easy read by any means. The scenes and stories told will reach your core and make you wonder why humans beings were ever created if they could do such terrible things to one another as described in the concentration camps.

However, you will walk through Dr. Frankl's way of thinking as well. The inner world wi
May 11, 2011 Doreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Doreen by: Scott or Matt...I forget
Amazing, intuitive, human observations make this book one that everyone should read. It took me a while to finish this book. I didn't want to rush through and miss the nuances that provide such a thorough presentation of man's need to have meaning in his life. I now understand that every single person has a meaningful life and it's just a matter of recognizing it. Under the most stressful, dangerous, life-threatening circumstances imaginable in life, I can see that life always holds meaning.

Dennis Berard
When in the concentration camp after they have killed everyone you know, taken everything from you, and I mean everything, Victor Frankl still has a choice, he still has something. Nearly all of us would've had nothing. Similar to the hope expressed in the shawshank redemption but so much more desperate. Mr. Frankl takes us with him on this journey. How could anyone human behave that way? But throughout all the pain and suffering the one thing they could not take from Victor was his soul. Victor ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Hassan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A profound book. Something I would not recommend to someone who is beginning to explore the field of psychology. One ought to know the basic foundations of Psychology and Philosophy to interpret it completely. But what a book!

I'll share the teaching that touched me the most. Freud would have us believe that we are nothing more than a collection of instincts and drives that are hidden in the unconscious. Victor Frankl claims that there is a spiritual unconscious as well, and like wise there are s
Aug 02, 2014 Preeti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider it Destiny's timing that I got my hands on this book at a time when the world seems to be spiralling out of control more than ever. Two powerful set of thoughts are what I am taking away with me after the last page has been read. The first thought - " Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life."
the second
Elizabeth Lasso
Nov 26, 2015 Elizabeth Lasso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Libro de Viktor E. Frankl que narra la experiencia psicológica durante la estancia en campos de concentración desarrollando a raíz de tal evento "la logoterapia". A grosso modo se recarga en la famosa frase de Nietzsche “Quien tiene un ‘porqué’ para vivir, encontrará casi siempre el ‘cómo'”; describe la afectación psicológica de distintas personas con tendencia al optimismo, la esperanza, etc.
A través de la experiencia vivida en el Holocausto encuentra en el desarrollo de la logoterapia su prop
Maria Carmo
This book is a must read... Viktor Frankl shares his experience in the camps, but then teaches us how to transform suffering into MEANING.

Maria Carmo

4th. October 2012.
May 12, 2012 Frana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some very wise insight into human needs, and what can give us peace, comes from his tragic experiences as a prisoner in the nazi concentration camps during the holocaust.
Feb 04, 2016 Vilmantas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second time in my life when I have read the book and realised that this is not the book I supposed to read. However, I am proud and happy of finishing this book.

Probably the most useful points from this books are:

1) we are the highest species know to human beings and we have this unique gift to observe and correct our behaviour consciously. The consciousness is really under-appreciated gift;

2) if God exists, he judges us by how we live not by with what religion we associate with. E
Kevin Summers
Feb 11, 2015 Kevin Summers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sample quote: “One of the two aspects of self-transcendence, namely reaching out for a meaning to fulfill, is identical with what I have come to call ‘the will to meaning.’ This concept, which occupies such a central place in the motivation theory of logotherapy, denotes the fundamental fact that, normally, … man is striving to find and fulfill meaning and purpose in life.”

Much of Frankl’s discussion of psychological theory in this book is over my head, but his discussion of "the will to meaning
SJ Loria
Jan 09, 2016 SJ Loria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is not a continuation, or further explanation of Man's Search for Meaning (which I consider to be a top 50 book). It's more of an academic dissertation of logotherapy and explanation of how everything leads back to a specific type of religious interpretation of God.
In the first regard, I don't think academic writing makes for a good read. Though necessary for building an argument or theory, it's just boring to read through the definitions of each term, and the slow manner in which you
Elizabeth Anderson
Boring is the last word that one could use to describe Man's Search for Meaning. Although it is a book about Holocaust survivors, it is definitely not "just another concentration camp novel". It began slowly, but was filled with incredible advice and statements about the truths of humanity and how people get through the dark parts of their life, each tied with a vignette about how he came to that conclusion. It was a beautiful piece of literature that I will hold in regard and likely quote to my ...more
Christian González
Otro buen libro de Frankl, dejo una cita a continuación porque elaborar una reseña al respecto me parece sobrado e innecesario.

"El hombre irreligioso es, por consiguiente, aquel que acepta su conciencia en la facticidad psicologica de esta, el que ante este hecho se detiene prácticamente en lo mero inmanente, se para, por decirlo así, antes de tiempo. En efecto, considera la conciencia como una cosa última, como la última nstancia ante la cual ha de sentirse responsable. Sin embargo, la concienc
Apr 10, 2012 Xing rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Frankl points out, biographical accounts of the experiences suffered by those involved in the Holocaust are available in numerous other forms. Thus the aim of this book was not to provide a purely descriptive narrative of events, but to distill insights about cognition and behaviour that can be applied under practically all circumstances, firmly supported by observations made during his imprisonment.

He takes the reader on an enlightening arc, revealing thought processes at each stage- from s
Ricardo Acuña
Oct 11, 2013 Ricardo Acuña rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Se trata de un libro estupendo sin duda, que nos muestra que el ser humano a pesar de todo el sufrimiento y las angustias, tiene el potencial de trascender. Mas allá de la búsqueda del placer, del poder, existe la búsqueda del sentido en nuestra vida. Frankl crítica el psicoanálisis de Freud, que considera al ser humano que esta sometido a sus pulsiones por el principio de realidad y la busqueda del placer. Frankl acepta que la Logoterapia y el Psicoanálisis son complementarios. Personalmente co ...more
Tiago Soares
Yes, I also got this book thinking that I was buying "Man's Searching for Meaning".

This book uses a language that does not connected with me. I would say it is a book that fits more people who are more into the studies of psychology (theories) and also like spirituality.

Don't get me wrong, there are some good messages here! However nothing that you cannot find in other books who were written in a language that connects more with most of us. I was skipping a lot of sentences and paragraphs beca
The book Man's Search Foe Meaning is emotionaly strong to read. It is not any ordianary book about the Holocoast. This book talks about how to sperituly survive somthing like that. It is a book the will amze you and will make you feel sorry for all the people in the holocoast more theen you did befor. Brfoe he went into four different camps he was a psychiatrist. I think thats how to spirtuly survive events like this one. My favorit line he said was "we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose t ...more
Mark Denney
Mar 18, 2015 Mark Denney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have returned to this book many times in my adult life. I was first introduced to it my first year of college and I return to it to help me remember the importance of making meaning in ones life. Being optimistic and being able to persevere were a couple of the traits that kept people alive in concentration camps and these concepts can be applied to everyday life, especially when struggling with a desire to make meaning.
This book re-emphasized many of Viktor Frankl's ideas for me with some added clarification. He talks about how "Life is, therefore it has meaning" and that it is our individual responsibility to find that meaning for ourselves. He also discusses the spiritual side of humans and their yearning for a connection to a higher reality or being (aka God). He believes that this connection is through our conscience which is transcendent above us. At times it felt like his definition of conscience sounded ...more
Betsy Ng
Oct 05, 2014 Betsy Ng rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the way the contents were written, slowly uncovering the three stages of development: (1) human is being conscious and responsible - in consciousness of his responsibleness; (2) unconscious spirituality - man's being responsible at unconscious level - in unconscious responsibleness of his conscious responsibleness; & (3) unconscious religiousness - a latent relation to transcendence inherent in man.
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Viktor Emil Frankl M.D., Ph.D., was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of Existential Analysis, the "Third Viennese School" of psychotherapy.

His book Man's Search for Meaning (first published under a different title in 1959: From Death-Camp to Existentialism. Originally published in 1946 as Ein Psycholog
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“Man is originally characterized by his "search for meaning" rather than his "search for himself." The more he forgets himself—giving himself to a cause or another person—the more human he is. And the more he is immersed and absorbed in something or someone other than himself the more he really becomes himself.” 73 likes
“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth-that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which a man can aspire.

Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of human is through love and in love.

I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for the brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when a man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way-an honorable way-in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment.

For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words,"The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory.”
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