Man’s Search for Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl


Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re…


Published date: January 1, 1946
Type: Books
Genre: History, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Psychology

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Today is an excellent day to read or reread Man's Search for Meaning, which is one of the greatest books ever written. I can't begin to tell you how much this book means to me and how much it changed my life and gave me courage when I needed it most.

               

I know how easy this is to say and how hard it is to do. Check out one of my favorite books "Man's Search For Meaning." It helped me with this tremendously.

               

[From it] I interpreted that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, and that having meaning in our life is essential.

               

If I were to take the meaning of Man's Search for Meaning, and turn it into an equation, it would be despair equals suffering minus meaning.

               

One of my favorite books.

               

A meditation on what the gruesome experience of Auschwitz taught [the author] about the primary purpose of life: the quest for meaning, which sustained those who survived.

               

The book I’ve probably gifted the most is [this book], since I’m 16.