Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning Summary

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.

Book Reviews

Mr Watson 🇯🇲

Great Read5 star

I may have not gotten the same lesson as most but definitely a must read, opens your eyes to an alternate view of life55


A very valuable read4 star

There will never be another book like this in our lifetime45

Metal Industries

Great book5 star

Worth the price . Read the whole thing.55


Worthwhile read, but nothing you won’t find elsewhere3 star

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.35

Alieu Jallow


Insightful and reflective.55


Life Changing Book5 star

Life changing.55


Not what I expected ....5 star

Hundred time better than I expected!!!55


Wonderful Surprise5 star

I had heard that this was one of the most influential books ever written, so I bought it. But I put it aside for a long time, fearing the subject matter would simply be too dark and difficult to get through. I finally decided to commit to the experience, and I'm so glad I did! There was meaning and purpose behind every description of Dr. Frankl's experiences, which made it easier to stay in the story. And the wealth of wisdom, through hope, optimism, and determination, was life-changing. What a gift this man was, and still is, to everyone within reach of his books! I'm so glad I took this journey. I carry it with me as I step more confidently into my own search for meaning!55


Mans search for meaning5 star

If you want a great and inspirational read, this is definitely it.55


not a lot of actual meaning2 star

interesting book about the holocaust but never any real direct answers about meaning.25

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