Book Review- Man's search for meaning

The Holocaust, often spelled as the Shoah, was World War II's mass murder of Jews in Europe. Nazi Germany ran more than a thousand concentration camps from 1933 to 1945, both on its own soil and in areas of German-occupied Europe.


Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Emil Frankl, M.D., Ph.D., was also a Holocaust survivor. The "Third Viennese School" of psychotherapy, founded by Frankl, uses Existential Analysis in the form of logotherapy.

There are two sections to the book. Frankl's traumatic experiences as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp are vividly described in the first portion. Former psychiatrist Frankl also discusses his observations of other inmates and what, in his opinion, was the primary method by which individuals attempted to overcome the impossibly difficult challenges they encountered. He discovered that people who were able to find meaning or purpose in their pain also appeared to be better able to find the willpower to carry on. As I recall, Frankl personally found his meaning in the want to one day be reunited with his wife; this wish was powerful enough to carry him through the daily horrors he experienced.

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
-Viktor Emil Frankl

This book's second half is concerned with logotherapy, a form of therapy he invented focused on the pursuit of meaning. The underlying assumption is that people who can find purpose in their suffering are better prepared to handle what would otherwise be an impossible fight. Frankl believed that it was possible to turn suffering into achievement and accomplishment. He viewed guilt as an opportunity to change oneself for the better and life transitions as the chance to take responsible action. In this approach, logotherapy aims to assist you in better utilizing your "spiritual" resources to face challenges. Dereflection, paradoxical aim, and Socratic discourse are three strategies meant to aid with this procedure.

For the first time in my life, I was able to understand the meaning of the words" The Angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory."
-Viktor Emil Frankl

The language is simple to comprehend, and the book may be finished fast. All the venues and events are well described in the book. I also really liked the book's cover, which depicts a bird and concentration camps and has a deep message. This book is highly practical, historical, and fairly beneficial from a medical standpoint. It is really instructive and insightful.

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