Viktor E. Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning
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Our final step in the wisdom series is here with a bang! One of the most influential books ever written is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.
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 laboured in four 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 of 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 find meaningful.★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★