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Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl, Ilse Lasch

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This 1946 memoir recounts Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl's experiences in Nazi concentration camps through his practice of logotherapy, a method allowing patients to regain power over their own lives by searching for a sense of meaning.

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Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl

Overview

How do we find meaning in a world where unimaginable atrocities occur? This was the question faced by psychiatrist, philosopher, and writer Viktor Frankl after his experience in the Holocaust.

Having spent three years in various concentration camps before being liberated from Türkheim, Frankl spent the rest of his life teaching what he'd learned during the worst of times: that people can, and must, find purpose in their lives, even through unimaginable suffering. Logotherapy, a method allowing one to process their traumas through the search for meaning, is Frankl's creation and has made him one of the key figures of modern psychology. Published in 1946, Man's Search for Meaning combines Frankl's harrowing experiences with his philosophy of freedom, and has become one of the most influential books in history.

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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.

- Viktor Frankl

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