El Hombre En Busca del Sentido Ultimo
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El Hombre En Busca del Sentido Ultimo

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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 (first published 1948)
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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...more
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
May 11, 2011 Doreen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
*****************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...more
Bj Conner
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
David Roberts
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
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...more
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.
Bryan Sebesta
I read this thinking it was his original book featuring the stories of his experience at Auschwitz. I'd heard so many good things about that! This isn't that same book--it doesn't have those stories. In fact, it's a bit like a jungle; thick at parts, and requires a lot of hacking through a dense undergrowth of psychology-speak; but the vistas at the end, and the waterfalls, and the rainbows all around you--it makes it all worth it. The last two essays, in particular, were the most impactful for...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...more
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...more
Ricardo Acuña
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
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
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
Toby Brennen
"Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning" by Viktor Franl, is a good book for understanding the basic differences between varying schools of psychotherapy, and how logotheraphy fits today's society. While the book covers some of the basic precepts of logotheraphy, it is not designed as an introduction, but more of an expansion, particularly the concept of unconscious religion. My recommendation would be to begin with "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl before reading in order to understand mor...more
Jun 14, 2012 Vidula is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I must say that the book is more about educating the reader about the logotherapy. I decided to read the book to actually read about man's search for ultimate meaning, but instead of giving a clear idea about the title, it makes the reader to question himself, more at a personal level, to find the meaning of his own life. The book is very intense. For me it was very difficult to grasp the actual meaning of every statement, since its all about how you want to take it rather than how the writer wa...more
A psychologist perspective on how religion fits into the lives of people. Too dated to really be worth the read. He presents a few interesting ideas, but only his own views of them, nothing really to back them up with.
El lenguaje puede ser más técnico que wn sus libros anteriores pero el mensaje y conclusión son los mismos: la necesidad del hombre de encontrar el sentido en la autotrascendencia
Dave Venter
I thought this was a great account of the holocaust given by someone who suffered through some of the worst (Auschwitz and Dachau). The focus of the book, however, is Dr. Frankl's life-achievement in his discovery of a revolutionary type of psychotherapy, called Logotherapy (Gk. "Logos", meaning). It is based on the concept that all humans inherently strive to find meaning in their lives and it is due to our ability, or rather our inability, to find this meaning that meuroses develop. Dr. Frankl...more
This is an intense challenge to read, and well worth the work. The vocabulary is difficult and a dictionary recommended. But I like the anecdotes selected to illustrate his points, and I like the idea that 'traditional' psychotherapy is limited in its ability to facilitate emotional healing for some people, if their imbalance originates in the very parts of their existence that psychotherapy won't touch: a person's beliefs and attitudes toward the supernatural, faith, or religion.

Viktor Frankl,...more
I became interested in Frankl's theory about our striving to find meaning in the things that happen in our lives only recently. This book is a follow-up to Man's Search for Meaning and goes into greater detail about Frankl's ideas. I found it stimulating and thought-provoking. I much prefer his train of thought that we choose to find meaning in the struggles and pain of our lives, rather than framing them with the labels of sublimation and rationalization. It seems to me that Americans are stuck...more
I think I meant to read "Man's Search for Meaning" and I thought that's what I put on hold at the library but somehow I ended up with "Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning". Would the original have been better? There's only one way to find out but I'm moving on to other authors for now... The first half seemed to rely on dated, field-dependent concepts and wasn't much fun to read. I suspect it wasn't even very accurate if one is really trying to understand the human brain. However, the explanations...more
Julia Shumway
An informative and touching look at the holocaust and life in a concentration camp, plus a discourse on logotherapy. The thing I liked most about his discussion of the power of the mind was that, even though he's obviously a brilliant psychiatrist and pundit of logotherapy, he doesn't go all pedagogic on his readers. He makes his views clear but he's makes his theories very accessible to people of differing viewpoints without being elitist about his own beliefs. He says all kind of wonderful aph...more
i guess most people here have mistaken this book for frankl's other book, 'man's search for meaning'. pls note that these are 2 different books. i thoroughly enjoyed reading 'man's search for meaning', and learned much from it. so, when i saw this book in a store sometime back, i thought this book might be some sort of sequel. but it's not to be. while 'man's search for meaning' can be understood by a layperson, reading this one was like sitting in a lecture where you don't understand a thing. t...more
I've only just finished this book. To say it was what I expected would be a lie. I don't want to give anything away but the book starts with the author telling you about his life and struggles he faced in order to live. It is an amazing tale. I recommend that anyone who could use some perspective and some advice on their lives give this book a chance and you won't be disappointed.
Apr 16, 2014 Brenda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Psychologists
Metaphysically mind-blowing! I could only consume 20 minutes per day (ride to work in the morning), and this mind in this little head was left to ponder the rest of the day. Nah, not really. Pretty much I had a quizzical look on my face as I tried to comprehend what he was saying.

Stick with Man's Search for Meaning.

If you're into the development of psychological theory and why people do what they do or don't do what they should do, you'll love it!
As bleak as Primo Levi's work, but with an odd lesson of revelation. I hear tell that the Anne Frank books are being destroyed and/or defaced in various bookstores around Japan, and the sound trucks are out in force screaming at the PM's residence every weekend. Its like a Sam Lipsyte story without any humor.

*Update: The Japanese police arrested the man who was defacing the Anne Frank books. Some nutjob apparently working alone ... One can only hope.
Erik Graff
Nov 15, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Frankl fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: psychology
Having read and very much admired Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning in college, I read this volume and his The Will to Meaning one right after another. Neither impressed me as much as I'd been by his personal account in that earlier book. It seems, on the basis of just these three books, that Frankl is one of those who had one central insight (an important one), a seed crystal which constellated all of his subsequent work. Get that and you get him.
James M. Madsen, M.D.
What I've read of this book (which I have but haven't read yet in its entirety) convinces me that it is a worthy companion to Frankl's earlier works The Doctor and the Soul and Man's Search for Meaning. Written in the same style as the earlier books, Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning may sound like a search for some kind of divine meaning but is really about the search to create spiritual meaning in an existential world.
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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...more
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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.” 44 likes
“Just consider a child who, absorbed in play, forgets himself—this is the moment to take a snapshot; when you wait until he notices that you are taking a picture, his face congeals and freezes, showing his unnatural self-consciousness rather than his natural graciousness. Why do most people have that stereotyped expression on their faces whenever they are photographed? This expression stems from their concern with the impression they are going to leave on the onlooker. It is "cheese" that makes them so ugly. Forgetting themselves, the photographer, and the future onlooker would make them beautiful.” 19 likes
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