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Book Group: MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING by VIKTOR E. FRANKL

  • Jul 21, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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******** Book can be borrowed from a library, read on Kindle or purchased through www.amazon.com


“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances – to choose one’s own way.“

~Viktor Frankl

 

AMAZON.COM REVIEW

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is among the most influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. The book begins with a lengthy, austere, and deeply moving personal essay about Frankl's imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time to find reasons to live. The second part of the book, called "Logotherapy in a Nutshell," describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl pioneered as a result of his experiences in the concentration camps. Freud believed that sexual instincts and urges were the driving force of humanity's life; Frankl, by contrast, believes that man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. Frankl's logotherapy, therefore, is much more compatible with Western religions than Freudian psychotherapy. This is a fascinating, sophisticated, and very human book. At times, Frankl's personal and professional discourses merge into a style of tremendous power. "Our generation is realistic, for we have come to know man as he really is," Frankl writes. "After all, man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord's Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

VICTOR E. FRANKL BIOGRAPHY

Viktor E. Frankl is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School and Distinguished Professor of Logotherapy at the U.S. International University. He is the founder of what has come to be called the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy (after Freud's psychoanalysis and Adler's individual psychology) -- the school of logotherapy. 
Born in 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During World War II he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps.

Dr. Frankl first published in 1924 in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and has since published twenty-six books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, including Japanese and Chinese. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Duquesne and Southern Methodist Universities. Honorary Degrees have been conferred upon him by Loyola University in Chicago, Edgecliff College, Rockford College and Mount Mary College, as well as by universities in Brazil and Venezuela. He has been a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and has made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He is President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I just wrote a whole explanation as to why I ended up not attending today's book discussion about Viktor Frankl's most famous book, but I see no indication that what I wrote, got through here.

    July 21, 2013

  • Bobbie C.

    See you then! :-)

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Due to my many books being all over the place in my apartment, I cannot seem to find the book in question. I know it has to be there somewhere. Meanwhile, I have found a book by the same Viktor Frankl called Recollections: an Autobiography. It may not be his Man's Search for Meaning, but my guess is that its theme is closely related to it. So, I think I will read some of it, hoping it will be close enough such that I can be a helpful participant in tomorrow's meeting.

      1 · July 20, 2013

  • Bobbie C.

    Please come! It is a book that stays with people for years!

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for your vote of confidence. See my response I gave to Michelle above.

      1 · July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a question to ask all of you. I said I would be going to this meeting some time ago. However, I have since forgotten all about it, and so I did not recently read the book in question. I DID read the book some decades ago, though, and it remains one of the most influential books on my life. So my question is, should I still come to this meeting, or would I not be welcomed in it? Inquiring minds want to know.

    July 20, 2013

    • Michelle

      Absolutely, join us. There are websites that have quotes from the book if you would like to refresh your memory.

      1 · July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for our nice response. What a contrast to a book group I had joined some years ago. When caught in a similar situation with them, I was told in no uncertain terms that I would NOT be welcomed there. Needless to say, I lost all interest in meeting with that group ever again. Back to the issue at hand, I do have that book at home, and it is barely mid-day a full day before the meeting is to take place. I read slowly, so no way could I read the entire book by the time tomorrow's meeting begins, but I can read at least some of it until then.

      1 · July 20, 2013

  • Jay K.

    Looking forward to meeting fellow searchers

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Bobbie C.

    This is a fabulous book!

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would definitely like to attend this meeting, as this is one of my all time favorite books, but my being there will depend on whether or not I am working that day.

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • florette l.

    I live in New Jersey. Are all you meetings in CA?

    May 15, 2013

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