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Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl & William J. Winslade

Man's Search for Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl & William J. Winslade

  • Release Date: 2000-03-30
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4.5
From 1,775 Ratings


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. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.


  • Every single person should read this book

    By FolkDabbler20
    The introduction is spot-on in saying that several passages are life-changing. An invaluable testament to the strength and beauty of the human spirit.
  • Man’s Search For Meaning

    By 5 niner
    There is a lot to say about this book! However, I will use one word-“hope”! Thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend everyone to read it!
  • Incredible

    By Zapche
    Short read but my god can’t believe I waited this long to read. Truly profound insights to the world around us. Recommend this book for sure
  • Great

    By fugitdyoxiy
  • 10/10

    By ianchaffin33
  • Amazing book

    By Som281293
    Gave a new perspective of viewing sufferings in our lives. Logo therapy is something every individual should be introduced to, which can help them find true meaning to their lives.
  • Great Read

    By Mr Watson 🇯🇲
    I may have not gotten the same lesson as most but definitely a must read, opens your eyes to an alternate view of life
  • A very valuable read

    By Madkitteh
    There will never be another book like this in our lifetime
  • Great book

    By Metal Industries
    Worth the price . Read the whole thing.
  • Worthwhile read, but nothing you won’t find elsewhere

    By E430doug
    If you have read any self help literature you will find nothing new in this book. The book is interesting looking at it as the source of a lot of modern self help thinking. His description of his time in the concentration camps was a bit clinically detached. I appreciated this because I was not in a place to process a more emotional approach. The second half of the book was a dry discourse on his personal field of Logotherapy. I didn’t find it very approachable. I think it was a missed opportunity. I’m glad I read the book. It is a interesting snapshot of history.