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El Hombre En Busca del Sentido Ultimo

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  1,696 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Este libro se centra en varios hallazgos cruciales del doctor Frankl que ponen de manifiesto nuestro deseo inconsciente de descubrir un sentido definitivo a la vida, tanto si se deriva de una fuente espiritual como si proviene de otro tipo de inspiracion o influencia. Se trata de un tema de especial relevancia, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta que la sensacion de que nuestra ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published September 28th 2002 by Ediciones Paidos Iberica
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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
Feroz Khan Hamid
Nov 28, 2014 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
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
Motahareh Nabavi
Jan 28, 2017 Motahareh Nabavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frankl is a very strong writer and the topics discussed in the book were of personal interest to me. I spent the past couple days reading and reflecting on this book and discussing it with friends. It's quite a dense book and the author assumes prior knowledge in the field of psychology, and although I wasn't able to comprehend everything, I still got quite a lot out of it that will continue shaping my understanding of the mind and the spiritual self.
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
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
May 01, 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.

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
Jul 27, 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
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
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
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.
Estevo Raposo
Dec 18, 2016 Estevo Raposo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filosofía
Empecé este libro pensando que estaba leyendo el afamado El hombre en busca de sentido, del mismo autor y uno de los 10 libros de más influencia en el siglo XX en EE.UU. según la librería del congreso. A medida que avanzaba en la lectura, iba cayendo en la cuenta de que este libro no mencionaba la experiencia personal del doctor Frankl en los campos de concentración nazi, y que por tanto, tenía que encontrarme ante otra obra.

En fin, a pesar del equívoco, continué con la lectura, y aunque es un l
Michael de Percy
I have only ever skirted around the fringes of psychology with Lewin, Maslow, Kotter et al., so reading Frankl required some frequent mini-research projects to catch up. Much food for thought, but I thought I was reading Man's Search for Meaning, but this is an updated work that combines a few of his other works. The concept of "existential vacuum" resonates, especially in the context of modern times. If humans are no longer driven by instincts or traditions, we no longer know what we must do or ...more
Nov 30, 2016 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sorry - I'm sure this is a great book - but it was a very detailed philosophical discussion. And I don't have the energy or brain power at the moment to deal with this. Gave up to read something light and fun.
Melissa Brown
This read a lot like a psychology textbook. Maybe that is basically what it is used for, but I just was expecting more of a story. There were still great little nuggets in the book and it was thought-provoking, I just wasn't quite expecting all the academic vocabulary and research.
Meredith M
Mar 19, 2017 Meredith M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A difficult read in parts, yes. Nowhere near as accessible as Man's Search for Meaning, correct. Worth two books in my Goodreads challenge according to my spouse, fine by me. While Man's Search for Meaning had a clarity and uplifting belief in the common humanity of all, this dense collection of psychotherapeutic theory buries the roadmap but for a few striking nuggets.
Renee Florea
Without a background in psychology and/or theology, this book was challenging to read due to the terminology. Frankl does a nice job of providing examples of case studies to better understand his theories. He also raises some great questions for the reader to contemplate and develop his own answers.
SJ Loria
Nov 23, 2015 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 Lasso
Nov 26, 2015 Elizabeth Lasso rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 03, 2013 Ricardo Acuña rated it it was amazing
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
Eun Woo
Jan 01, 2017 Eun Woo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It is not freedom from conditions, but it is freedom to take a stand toward the conditions.”

-- (1) did not motivate themselves to live (2) motivated themselves to live but chose to behave like swine (3) motivated themselves to live and chose to behave like saints

“A human being is not one thing among others; things determine each other, but man is ultimately self-determining. What he becomes - within the limits of endowment and environment- he has made out of himself. In the concentration camps,
Alejandro 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
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
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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.” 90 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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