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لقد أشار مؤلفون عديدون إلى أن العلاج بالمعنى- على العكس من مدارس الطب النفسي الوجودي الأخرى- قد طور فنيات علاجية ملائمة، إلا أن قدراً ضئيلاً من الانتباه قد توجه إلى الحقيقة التي مؤداها أن العلاج بالمعنى هو أيضاً آخر العلاجيات النفسية التي تبلورت في نسق نظري محدد.

وفيما يتعلق "بأسس" هذا النسق، فإن فصول هذا الكتاب تعطي صورة مبدئية للإفتراضات والمعتقدات الرئيسية المتضمنة في ال
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Published by دار زهراء الشرق (first published 1969)
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Jill Burkinshaw A difficult read for sure. For me, to read this book to the end is to in some small way honor those that lived and died. And not just die but unbearab…moreA difficult read for sure. For me, to read this book to the end is to in some small way honor those that lived and died. And not just die but unbearably suffer and yet, some lived. (less)
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Daniel Jordan
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one of my colleagues first suggested, Viktor Frankl's writings are actually philosophical even though he was a psychiatrist and neurologist by profession. While this book is clearly not a textbook on applied logotherapy, it does provide a good theoretical framework for logotherapy and is worth reading for that alone. It is less autobiographical than Man's Search for Meaning and may disappoint some who are looking for emotional impact. However, for those who are looking to deepen their underst ...more
Susan's Reviews
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a more in-depth discussion of logotherapy and contains many moving case studies. Frankl was an amazing man, with a forgiving, humane nature. We could all do worse than attempt to emulate his lifelong example.
Melinda
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning", and then started looking for more of his books to read. This books is EXCELLENT and I would recommend it for reading after "Man's Search for Meaning". I am already starting on a 2nd reading.

This book is more of an indepth explanation of Frankl's approach to psychology called "Logotherapy". The book is made up of a set of lectures given at SMU in 1966 by way of introduction and explanation of Logotherapy.

Logotherapy is based on t
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Ezekiel Raiden
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During my Psychology 202 class, I had to write a review of a psychology-related textbook as an essay. (It may have been an extra credit assignment, I don't quite remember; but honestly, for me "extra credit" is just another required assignment.) Here's that essay:

The Will to Meaning
Many advances in science and medicine—and particularly the medical sciences of the mind—come not as a fully formed revolution, but as a synthesis of prior thought, which transcends the boundaries of those thoughts and
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Shannon
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
After Freud, this is such a refreshing and sensible look at psychology! Frankl's theories embrace the hopes and aspirations all humans are born with.
Bobby
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A bit heavy on jargon and academic references (most of which are outdated now), I recommend this book only for those who are really interested in logotherapy. For most, it's better to start with Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning," which gives a nice overview of logotherapy in lay terms.
Hussam Al Husseini
The first book I read for Viktor Frankl was Man's Search for Meaning. This is the second book and I highly recommend it. I really got interested in reading the rest of his books. The book is a little bit difficult to understand because of his philosophical approach. I can summarize the book as follows:

Logotherapy “is the treatment of the patient’s attitude toward his unchangeable fate.” It is based on three pillars:

The First Pillar: The Freedom of Will
“Man’s freedom is no freedom from conditions

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Alex Petkus
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 98 pages of the book were excellent, but the remainder of the book were mostly Frankl essentially saying [paraphrasing] "It's not my place as a Logotherapist to preach, though I use religion as a tool to reach my religious patients, but you should believe in a higher power...blah blah blah;" there are some useful secular tidbits in that second half, but the majority of the second half of the book belongs in the same place where intellectually dishonest literature belongs, a place for p ...more
Taka
So good, Frankl does it again.

Just as I was getting frustrated by a contemporary book on evolutionary psychology that treats the human brain as nothing but a computer, Frankl comes to the rescue: "...in a certain sense the statement is valid: man is a computer. However, at the same time he also is infinitely more than a computer. The statement is erroneous only insofar as man is defined as 'nothing but' a computer." What I also found fascinating is his concept of "dimensional ontology," where h
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Charlie
Frankl has an engaging and personable voice. His anecdotes amuse and illustrate, though they often feel fabricated for the purpose, especially when he purports to offer verbatim accounts of client interactions. The book struggles a bit with the space between philosophy, which more appropriately describes logotherapy, and psychotherapy. Frankl acknowledges the difficulty and seeks to address it directly, but he doesn't always conform to his own definitions about what situations fall into which ca ...more
Federico Mayr
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Even though I do not have any proper background in psychology, I find Frankl's 'Will to Meaning" even more immediate, communicative and valuable than I expected.
It does not provide you with easy answers , but at least it gives you a framework, I would say a "humanistic" one, thanks to which you can conceive and establish your personal view of man (personal anthropology) and of life (personal theology/eschatology).
David
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A hard book to read due to subject content. But even harder to stop. It can be read in one sitting. And is one worth rereading every few years.
Richard Kemp
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology, meaning
It's possible I lack the necessary reference points to read this properly, as I found it ironically devoid of any meaningful content. I think I was expecting something which felt more like a textbook, but what I got was more like Man's search for meaning part two. Arguably, Frankl does describe the foundations and the applications of Logotherapy, but this is like being given a sandwich of just two pieces of bread, with the meat, salad, and sauce of theory, instruction, and framework missing. Ins ...more
Chris M.H
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I mean what a book, right!?. How can you not stand to gain from a man who’s arguably been to the most severe depths of human suffering, observed and recorded what he found and has gone on to help who knows how many hundreds, even thousands of people.


I like that in this book he doesn’t cast aside religious belief as fantastical or even unhelpful. He explains that the search for the ultimate meaning and the devotion to God can be seen in the same light when looked at in a particular dimension of t
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Brandt
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

As the subtitle of the book indicates, this writing is an attempt to deal with the foundations and applications of Logotherapy. Viktor E. Frankl conceptualizes the foundational explanation as - the setting forth of the basic assumptions and tenets that underlie Logotherapy as a system. As Frankl suggests, Logotherapy is founded on three concepts: “(1) the freedom of the will; (2) the will to meaning; and (3) the meaning of life” (Frankl, 1988, p. vii). Moreover, Frankl indicates that each of the

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Parker
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will start by saying that I believe Viktor Frankl was an amazing human being. He cared deeply for his profession and dedicated his life to healing society of its existential ills. His experiences, teachings, and resilience inspire me.

With Man's Search for Meaning being one of my all-time favorite books, I wanted to dig deeper into his catalog. I went into expecting more of Man's Search for Meaning, but this is a much more difficult read in comparison. It's short, but it's dense and not writte
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Stephen
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
READ DEC 2017

This is a nice companion to Frankl's original, "Man's Search for Meaning."

Best quotes, "Approaching human beings merely in terms of techniques necessarily implies manipulating them, and approaching them merely in terms of dynamics implies reifying them, making human beings into mere things" (p. xv); "Man's freedom is no freedom from conditions (or consequences) but rather freedom to take a stand on whatever conditions might confront him" (p. 4); quoting Freud, "men are strong as lon
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Rafe
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1. first part is promotion of his method logotherapy
-like a battle in science sandpit - my idea is better, no, my!

2. second part is bunch of nonsense about god, religion and purpose of the suffering

-it's more telogy than psychology
-it's not based on scienticfic evidances - it's purly subjective beliefs and perspective

to sum up, if you had already passed a point in your own development where there is no god and destiny, this book is useless

I don't believe you can find true meaning in "coping" wit
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Franzy
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could go back to my 18 year old self and give him one book then this would probably be it. At the time I was trying to understand my existential angst but I didn't find any book who would get to the core as I think this book does. One thing i certainly would have drawn much pleasure from is the combination of philosophy and practice.

Reading it today I find pleasure in his presentation of a treatment that tries to cover a full spectrum human being and it was impossible for me to not be impr
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Justin Karp
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Logothearapy in some circles is known as the third school of psychotherapy. Before Frankel, The was Freud and Adler. One school of thought focus on the sexual drives of the patient while the other focuses on the drive for power. Frankel’s method focus on the idea that we all are in search for meaning in our lives. One school of thought can convince you, while grieving of the death of your wife, that you actually hated her all along while Frankel’s method can help you cope by convincing you that ...more
Shane Huber
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Staple Reading for a Postmodern Society

Despite western affluence there seems to be a preponderance of despair amongst so many. It isn't disingenuous to say suicide is a first world problem. Why is that? Furthermore, why hasn't the lauded unshackling from the transcendent been as liberating as promised? Whatever the didactic answer may be, I'd bet it could be reduced down to loss of meaning. Were it so, whatever your Weltanschauung, I'd say Frankl's Logotherapy should salve the soul.
Mazen Alloujami
I am not a psychologist, but I think it isn't a scientific method of therapy.
The author makes a lot of philosophy, based on empirical suppositions (as he recognizes in the book), without any scientific argument or study. There is no statistical or methodological comparative study to prove the utility. His method is based on observational case-reports, self experiences, morality (witch he didn't defines) and subjective estimation of what is right or wrong.
It's an interesting book, but not a sci
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Murtaza Hasan
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frankl's moving story in Man's Search for Meaning led me to this book which is an expansion of what logotherapy means. I haven't been a student of psychology to understand a lot many terms despite that, there were so many gems of wisdom and perspective that I can't help but be mesmerized by.

The dimensional differences and theological understandings mixed with psychotherapy and psychology opened my eyes to new horizons of thinking about religion and life. The more I study these kinds of books, th
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Kayla
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viktor Frankl’s book on logotherapy lies more in the realm of philosophy than psychology. It is interesting to me that I studied Freud, Jung, and Adler in graduate school but was never introduced to Frankl as a clinician. Parts of this book are dated but I resonated with his contention that “ in an age such as ours, in which traditions are on the wane, psychiatry must see its principal assignment in equipping man with the ability to find meaning.”
Sippy
3.5 ⭐ Frankl is able to combine insights still relevant and ubersmart with too much religion babble, which to me is totally not relevant and eventually I found myself skipping pages with too many mentions of "God" in them. Pity as this book started out so promising. All in all still a worthwhile read though...
Akemi
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pure-theory
Without meaning, pleasure and power act as purely instrumental / neurotic mechanisms, that may help the subject cope, but only through the reification of said subject into a mechanistic automaton. Meaning returns the subject to the lifeworld — to a shared social belonging — a hermeneutic becoming. The how of power and pleasure give way to the why of meaning. Logotherapy as priest: re-enchantment of the world; enchantment as self-transcending praxis. Love in the face of fate.
Edgar Andriasyan
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theory part (first section of the book) is quite informative but the application part is more unstructured and not as dense. Only couple of techniques are discussed in the applications section: dereflection, paradoxical intention, parable method. The rest are cases which are mere discussion passages with patients or couple of paragraphs telling about them.
Toni
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Viktor Frankl's writings are wonderful. I respect him as a psychiatrist and neurologist, but more now as a writer. Interesting and full of information. A good read for every one. I highly recommend it.
Douglas Eifert
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant and compact book. Written for someone who wants a deep technical understanding of logotherapy. "Man's Search for Meaning" is the better first book for a brief introduction to Frankl's thinking.
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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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