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Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 March 2008
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Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. He was the founder of logotherapy and existential analysis. He published more than thirty books, lectured and taught seminars all over the world, and received twenty-nine honorary doctorate degrees.
Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist's very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.
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"We who lived in the 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 the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Truly a must read for people as soon as they are old enough to understand it--perhaps mid teenage years.
Author Viktor Frankl (1905-97) was an internationally known psychiatrist, author, and survivor of multiple World War II concentration camps. He is considered the founder of logotherapy, a branch of clinical psychology that focuses on each person exploring their own personal "meaning of life."
The book, which Frankl remarkably wrote in just nine days, is divided into two parts:
• The first section recounts his experiences and observations from the concentration camps. He candidly recounts a range of horrors he witnessed and tries to explain why he believes some people were destined to survive, while others were not. While these stories are painful to read (and I had to take a break at times), for me, this was the MOST compelling part of the book.
• The second section is more Frankl's explanation of logotherapy as a therapy technique. It is dense and reads much like a textbook.
But the reason I will recommend this book is the value I see in Frankl's treatment approach. Because instead of concentrating on a person's past traumas and explaining their impact on current behavior (as many types of therapies do), Frankl asks patients to concentrate on the future, using the power of their mind to reshape and reframe their lives. In this, he seems very forward thinking, especially since he came up with the basics of logotherapy in the 1930s, long before medical science recognized the value of "positive thinking" in treating diseases of the body. Well, this book convinced me that it appears "positive thinking" can also help treat many conditions of the mind.