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The Doctor and the Soul

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  349 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Emphasizing spiritual values and the quest for meaning in life in its approach to the neurotic behavior, by the founder of logotherapy.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 19th 2004 by Souvenir Press Ltd (first published 1946)
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Interesting and just after freud so a bit dated. Frankel takes an interesting approach to thinking through that which surpasses the ID. We can not be all about just us. Such makes the truly amazing that we do superficial. There is so much more than a me me me society that the human mind is capable of. Frankel moves the dialogue towards this ends. The latter part of the book is not so much my deal, because I'm more interested in the philosophy and less interested in the application. But cool... p...more
Paul Dubuc
I've never had a keen interest in psychology... until I read Viktor Frankl. This book is a more in-depth discussion of logotherapy than the introductory one given in Man's Search for Meaning. Frankl's insights complement and correct other approaches to psychotherapy (psychoanalysis and behaviorism) that tend to objectify human beings and reduce their behavior and thinking to external "causes" or internal psychological "drives" rather than "reasons". He give the human soul it's rightfully promine...more
Jimmy Mac
Just finished reading this for the second time in about 6 months. If this wasn't a library book, I'd have highlighted about %75 of it. I imagine that's what I'll do as soon I receive my own copy in the mail and read it a 3rd time. Not very technical, so you really do not have to be well versed in psychology, only the desire for introspection. I can only speak for myself, but it's not a desire, but a need. If you feel the same way, you need to read this book.
Rosi Smallshaw
I learned a lot from this book; it was enlightening and extremely interesting. psychology is not one of my passions, but definitely after exploring this author (who also wrote "Man's Search for Meaning"), I became more interested in the subject. I highly recommend it.
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Bell’approccio, carico di amore, al fenomeno umano.
Non so se e quanto la pratica logoterapica sia efficace, ma il quadro delineato da Frankl mi pare avere il pregio di cogliere il valore nell’interezza dell’essere umano, senza voler ridurre nessun aspetto della persona ai suoi supposti componenti elementari, senza rinchiudere l’essere umano all’interno di una gabbia di condizionamenti fisici, biologici, sociali ecc.: «possiamo allora definire l’uomo come un essere che sa liberarsi da ciò che lo...more
Erik Graff
Dec 08, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Frankl fans
Recommended to Erik by: Grinnell College Religion Dept.
Shelves: psychology
Judging by my marginal notes, this book was probably assigned for RELST 431, the senior seminar for Religion majors at Grinnell College.

The religion major was new to Grinnell when I switched over from the history department. There had been two religion teachers for a while, they being Dennis Haas, the college chaplain, and Howard Burkle, previously under the philosophy department I imagine. Harold Kasimow had been hired to handle the Jewish and Islamic traditions as part of the new program. In a...more
Knygoje aptariami pagrindiniai logoterapijos ir egzistencinės analizės principai. Per klinikinius pavyzdžius puikiai atskleidžiamas logoterapijos metodų pritaikymas įvairiose situacijoje ir jų veiksmingumas. Gana paprastai ir glaustai aprašoma, kaip suprantama atskirų psichinių sutrikimų kilmė žvelgiant iš egzistencinės perspektyvos, bei palyginama su biologinės ir psichodinaminės krypčių teorijomis. Toks požiūrio į negalavimus kampas vertas dėmesio, nes atskleidžia, kokia didele dalimi žmogus s...more
A favorite quote:

“It is self-evident that belief in a super-meaning—whether as a metaphysical concept or in the religious sense of Providence—is of the foremost psychotherapic and psychohygenic importance. As a genuine faith springing from inner strength, such a belief adds immeasurably to human vitality. To such a faith there is, ultimately, nothing that is meaningless. Nothing appears ‘in vain’ ; ‘no act remains unaccounted for’ (Wildgans). The world appears to manifest something akin to a law...more
Martin Kaye
To be truly alive in this world as a human being, one must realize a meaning (i.e.reason or will ) in one's existence which dignifies others, oneself, if need be, exceeds or transcends oneself.

Dr.Frankl ,by his own "humanity",has been able to elevate a mere mortal by making this human being aware of his transcendental-self,I.e. his immortal soul.
This is not a book proposing a theory. Instead it makes clear a way of being and thinking personally tested in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. Central is the importance of finding a meaning in life. This book made me curious to know more about Frankl - and I spent some time watching old videos and reading descriptions of him by family members. I discovered how many lives Frankl saved (pre and post war) when he worked with people with suicidal tendencies. He is a man of brilliant ideas a...more
In this book, Frankl rallies against nihilism; he showed how meaning is central to our existence (and more specifically the health of our psyche). Though intended for the psychiatrist rather than the layman, I still managed to gain something (although a lot of it escapes me). The most impactful chapter for me is The Meaning of Love as it provides quite a different perspective than usual.
Dinesh Jolania
Not easy to read,but filled to brim with stimulating stuff.
James M. Madsen, M.D.
Published even before the more famous Man's Search for Meaning, this is Viktor Frankl's explananation of logotherapy as the therapeutic search for meaning. A groundbreaking book, applicable especially to those who are amenable to *generating* meaning rather than simply trying to identify a pre-existing plan for them, it deserves to be read in concert with Man's Search for Meaning and Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning (qq.v.).
Ted Mallory
Frankl has 3 kinds of values:

Creative values- what we make, build, do or accomplish

Experiential values- what you see and do and receive, where you've been, & what you've been through

and most importantly, Attitudinal values- how you responsibly react to and internalize what happens to you.

it's all about how you look at things. Nothing is meaningless if you can learn,grow, or help others because of it.
Katherine Zwick
My amazing clinical supervisor Patti was listening to me talk about my exuberant quest for (and finding of) spiritual meaning in my work and personal life and recommended I read "Man's Search for Meaning" by Frankl, which I shall do. I have a history of reading vorcaciously about anything I can find that might pertain to the Holocaust. She also passed this book along to me from her library.
Logical and convincing, very enlightening for me.
Especially of interest is his explanation of 3 ways of love. 2 being superficial - physical then psychological, the narrowest LOVE being of someones essence. Thus, when you are loved, you cannot be replaced nor compared to anyone else.
Oct 20, 2007 Jonathan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with an interest in logotherapy
This book contains numerous anectdotes that are of value to those interested in logotherapy. If you had time for one book, I would read Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning; however, if you had time for two, this text certainly warrants a peak.
This book is excellent. Deeply insightful and it provokes great self reflection. No prior psychotherapy background is required to enjoy this book, but it does help, Wikipedia also helps too. Highly recommended.
This one gets a bit technical. I suspect that it was taken from his lecture notes or something. The introduction and first chapter are very good in their discussion of the philosophy of psychotherapy approaches.
Ron Linkletter
Quite simply the most important and inspirational book I've ever read. Frankl's perserveance, dignity and spiritual enlightenment are astounding. There really should be a movie made about his life.
Mitchell26 McLaughlin
Though this volume is more technical and medical than the others, it retains it philosophic overtones and accomplishes much in the process of its telling. Another terrific book by Frankl.
A real refreshing read on the subject of man's eternal search for ultimate meaning in life.

An epiphany at best.
This book presents fascinating ideas that I'm not sure I agree with but are well worth the read and the pondering.
Горещо я препоръчвам, на всеки търсещ знание.
За всеки, който иска да преразгледа възгледите си за живота.
Jason Scoggins
This is where you go after Man's Search For Meaning. One of the best books I've read in quite some time.
Angela Dawn
"whoever has a reason for living endures almost any mode of life - Nietzche"
somewhat antiquated sexual mores, but valuable nontheless
Great book. Recommend for anyone interested in Logotherapy.
Discover the meaning of life...
Many excellent insights.
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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.

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