A memoir broken down into two volumes. Part one is a vivid description of Frankl‘s life in several Nazi concentration camps, and part two, is a short introduction to Logotherapy: a therapeutic approach (developed by the author post-war) that aims to guide the patient to find his purpose by healing through meaning.
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This one wasn‘t originally on tonight‘s pages but…life🤷🏻♀️I‘m just hoping it‘s not overly heavy. If I wait for the foggy🧠to behave, I‘ll never start this.
I had questions going in, questions I hoped this book would answer. After reading it, I have more questions than answers. Which is good because it means the book is thought-provoking. It is softly brutal and brilliantly constructed. But it has a sense of ‘the answer lies within‘.
“there are things which cause you to lose your reason or you have none to lose.‘ … The prisoner passed from the first to the second phase; the phase of relative apathy, in which he achieved a kind of emotional death..“
I feel like so many‘s emotional health is like this dealing with Covid-19. Apathy is a hard thing to lose yourself to. Dr. Frankl says the primary human drive is not the search for pleasure, but the search for meaningful in life.
Not every conflict is necessarily neurotic; some amount of conflict is normal and healthy. In a similar sense suffering is not always a pathological phenomenon; rather than being a symptom of neurosis, suffering may well be a human achievement, especially if the suffering grows out of existential frustration.
Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.
Frankl's personal story is compelling, but I'm not sure his theory is effective. Basically it's the idea that there is meaning to suffering and once a person finds that, then their suffering is eased. So, he says there is a correct way to suffer, and I'm not really into telling people how to process or endure their trauma. I also don't believe there is some greater purpose to being abused in some way. So ...
I‘m having such a bummer month. August is always a tough one for me. I went online and found a bunch of books on finding meaning and how to find your life‘s passion and the first of the books came today 💫I heard this is a powerful one
Such people forgot that often it is just such an exceptionally difficult external situation which gives man the opportunity to grow spiritually beyond himself. Instead of taking the camp's difficulties as a test of their inner strength, they did not take their life seriously and despised it as something of no consequences. They preferred to close their eyes and to live in the past. Life for such people became meaningless.
Some books make so much sense in certain situations and circumstances of our lives. Dr Victor Frankl 's personal account of the psychological reactions to the horrors of concentration camps during Holocaust is as illuminating as it is inspiring ! It can help find meaning in the uncertainty of life during the pandemic.
Did you know the isolation of a pandemic is depressing? It led me to finally read this book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for at least a decade. Spoiled by pop-psychology, I felt the last half of this book was too academic for my tastes. The stories from the concentration camps were compelling.
Read in 2020.
This book is such a great read. Frankl discusses his experience in concentration camps during the Holocaust and his observations of prisoners‘ fights to find individual purpose in their sufferings. This book has changed the way I view hardship and I recommend it to everyone! #audiobook #library #philosophy
🎧📚 Viktor Frankl was a psychiatrist who lived unspeakable horrors in nazi death camps where his experiences helped develop an approach to psychotherapy called logotherapy which derives from his theory that the primary motivational force is man‘s search for meaning.
I was just thinking about those couples you hear about in the news, passing away together/shortly after each other, like they lost their meaning.
His story & the science. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️