Man's search for meaning / Viktor E. Frankl ; part one translated by Ilse Lasch ; foreword by Harold S. Kushner ; afterword by William J. Winslade.Language: English Original language: German Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2006Description: 1 online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780807014288; 0807014281Uniform titles: Psycholog erlebt das Konzentrationslager. English Subject(s): Frankl, Viktor E. (Viktor Emil), 1905-1997 | Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives | Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Psychological aspects | Psychologists -- Austria -- Biography | Logotherapy | BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical | HISTORY / Europe / WesternGenre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 940.53/18092 | B LOC classification: D810.J4 | F72713 2006Online resources: EBSCOhost
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Foreword / Harold S. Kushner -- Preface to the 1992 edition -- Experiences in a concentration camp -- Logotherapy in a nutshell -- Postscript 1984: The case for a tragic optimism -- Afterword / William J. Winslade.
In this work, a Viennese psychiatrist tells his grim experiences in a German concentration camp which led him to logotherapy, an existential method of psychiatry. This work has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 the author, a psychiatrist labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the stories of his many patients, he 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. His 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.