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Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
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Rob My brief take on Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning - I think his own experience in the worst situation imaginable and his teachings are a valuable tool to have. It's for sure a tremendous read, and there's weight to what he's saying re: logotherapy, ie. how in the most primal, must-survive environment as he'd lived there's pretty much no value in a Freudian life of happiness (the aim of psychoanalysis), or a quest for power (Adler) - both are chucked out the window when you're a prisoner. For him survival was based on living a life which he made matter, by putting meaning into living so Frankl could see his wife again (that, and to get his work published). Adding to that, Frankl's saying the common demoninator in one's life isn't again happiness or power, but to make the most of every moment of your life with the purpose you're looking for. (The axim he used, and I'm misquoted it off memory: "Live life as if you're living it for the second time, and you're about to make the same mistakes now as you had the first time." -- again, using the most of what time you have for something you truly want.) It's worth appreciating... even though I'm still more of a cognitive guy. :D


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