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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.