‘MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING’ – DEALING WITH THE WORST

– VICTOR FRANKL

Genre: Autobiography, Psychology, Self-help

A miraculous Holocaust survivor, Victor Frankl has presented us with something that’s hard to even imagine. This autobiographical masterpiece has provided an insight into Frankl’s agonizing life. He was merely one of the millions of the Jews who were part of the Holocaust. However, he was amongst the fewest ones there to have a positive attitude towards life – which helped him to survive such a dreadful time.

Man’s Search For Meaning

In Man’s Search For Meaning, Frankl advocated that while we are unable to avoid sufferings, we do have the freedom on how we deal with it. He developed a technique called Logotherapy, which will assist us to deal unpleasant times. 

Frankl has divided the book into two parts: the first section describes his experience at the concentration camps, while the second half provides an in-depth description of Logotherapy and its application in the real world.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” 

In One Line

The book portrays the struggling journey of Victor Frankl during the Holocaust and the way he was able to find the meaning of his life even in that horrendous time.

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My thoughts

As the book has been divided into two parts, so does my perception. The first one where Frankl described his horrifying journey and how he managed to overcome it, was truly a fascinating piece to read. 

Frankl’s story has inspired me to new heights. I have started to find meaning in the things I do and have started to discover my life’s purpose. Never have I thought anything like that before. Thanks to this book, I learned to uncover the other side of myself.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” 

It took me only four days to complete the first part as compared to two weeks for the second. The latter, consisting of Logotherapy didn’t keep me engaged. I couldn’t find an effective connection between the various phases of the chapter. I lost interest and had to crawl through my way to finish it. Moreover, there were far too many technical terms as well, which made it further difficult to read. 

Perhaps I expected a lot from part two after reading such a phenomenal part one. 

Recommendation 

Man’s Search For Meaning has definitely been a worthy read for me due to Frankl’s breathtaking story. You should definitely go through this book once though you may only skim its second part. 

This narration should provide you the much-needed inspiration for the advancement of your life. The only question that might arise is the application of Logotherapy in this contemporary world.

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