Viktor Frankl’s memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning is about so much more than one man’s experiences in a concentration camp. As a book about the Holocaust, it helps to shed light on the day-to-day struggles that inmates faced physically, psychologically, and socially. But it also reaches far beyond camp life and into the meaning of life itself.
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Frankl’s experiences in Auschwitz and Dachau, among other camps, are used to explain the psychological theory that he developed as a prisoner, and as such bring his psychological philosophies into a more personalized and humanized realm.
Logotherapy, often called the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy,” is something particularly relevant to our modern society, which consistently reports that finding meaning in life is more important than anything else. This books helps, even in the smallest of ways, to redirect one’s thinking away from what life can bring to them. Rather, it invites the reader to focus on deciding for themselves what potential positive experience every situation may hold, and gives the individual the tools necessary to seize these potentialities. Man’s Search for Meaning is more than just a book about imprisonment and psychology, it is an answer to life’s greatest question: what is the purpose of life?
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