Darian Reader is convinced that the existence of death and loss which is around us every day is often denied. In this book Darian Leader writes clearl...moreDarian Reader is convinced that the existence of death and loss which is around us every day is often denied. In this book Darian Leader writes clearly, intelligently, concisely and thoughtfully about loss and about the process of grieving.
Leader believes pills and cognitive behavioral therapy are used more then is necessary in our society that seems focussed on quick fixes. Darian suggests we need to redefine depression "as a set of symptoms that derive from complex and always different human stories". The psychoanalyst, Darian Leader, foregrounds the importance of the meanings individuals come to attach to life histories and specific events. The curative powers of art can help them with this.
Viktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist who survived the death camps of Nazi Germany. In his book Man's Search for Meaning , Viktor describes his expe...moreViktor Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist who survived the death camps of Nazi Germany. In his book Man's Search for Meaning , Viktor describes his experience of victimization within concentration camps during the Second World War.
Man's Search for Meaning is divided into three sections. In the first and longest section, Frankl gives a short history of his experiences in the various Concentration Camps he was sent to during the war. In this section he also introduces his philosophical theory of the Will to Meaning. In the second , Logotherapy in a Nutshell, Frankl goes into more detail about his theory and what it means to have a will to meaning versus the will to pleasure (Freud) and the will to power (Nietzsche). In the final section of Man's Search for Meaning (the 1984 postscript), Frankl discusses the application of his theory in modern times and also a concept called Tragic Optimism.
Viktor Frankl developed the concept of logotherapy.
Rather than power or pleasure, logotherapy is founded upon the belief that it is the striving to find a meaning in one's life that is the primary, most powerful motivating and driving force. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning. Frankl's assertion that "the will to meaning" is the basic motivation for human life has forever changed the way we understand our humanity in the face of suffering.