23 October, 2013

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl [Clare, Massey Library]

The author, Viktor Frankl, was a very well-known and successful psychiatrist in Vienna, prior to World War Two. He could have escaped the persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany, but decided to stay to care for his elderly parents.

He narrates how he was arrested and taken to concentration camps, how he escaped the gas chambers and how he and others coped with the brutality and privation they were subjected to.Although a very serious, even gruesome subject, the story is told with calm and thoughtful prose.

His experiences helped him to develop a new theory in psychology called logotherapy, which maintains that rather than the pursuit of happiness and pleasure, we need to search for what we personally find meaningful in life.

Title: Man's Search for Meaning: The Classic Tribute to Hope from the Holocaust
Author: Viktor E. Frankl
ISBN: 9780807014271
Published: c2006
Publisher: Beacon Press

 - Clare, Massey Library

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