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Man's Search for Meaning

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Victor Frankl's Book

An excellent book by a survivor of Jewish concetration camp.

Dr. Frankl had written a psychoanalysis theory manuscript prior to the war.

It was to be his magnum opus.

However, upon being deported, his book and life's reseach was destroyed.

While in the camp, though, he came to revise his theory and developed the premise of Search for Meaning.

Frankl does not preach in the book and throughout never does state whether he even accepts ontological arguments or rejects them.

His thesis is that ultimately, to survive and thrive, a human being must possess an ultimate meaning for their life.

He also developed a form of psychoanalysis that incorporated this thesis and involved a pragmatic and proactive application for treating neurosis, with his patients seeing a good deal of success. He essentially rejected Jungian and Freudian theories and offered something more concrete, something that implied moral responsibility for one's own actions.

I highly recommend the book.

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This book helped save my life in my despair.  In an abnormal situation, he wrote, an abnormal reaction is normal.  And in one phrase, he salved the pain of having been labeled a rotten apple, a pariah, a black sheep, by that cult.

I also came to understand how the struggle for sheer survival can sometimes be simpler than the struggle to live after the seemingly unbearable.
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I've heard the book has helped alot of people. I know it caused me to reflect very deeply and question my meaning.(reply to this comment

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