03 January 2015

1. Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning1. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating this book on a like/dislike scale isn't really suitable. It's original English title was From Death-Camp to Existentialism if that gives you an idea. I'm giving it 4 stars as a mark that it's worth reading.

The first part includes anecdotes from the author's time in concentration camps during World War 2. Whatever you may be struggling with will likely seem insignificant in comparison.

Frankl offers observations and reflections of concentration camp life using his training and experience in psychiatry.

The second part further explains his pyschiatric methodology called logotherapy, an approach based on finding meaning in your life, instead of an approach which (roughly) blames everything on what happened to you as a child.

The second part's a bit dry at times and kept making me think, what if he could see us now with all our devices and disconnection? I'm not entirely convinced by his approach but it's definitely worth considering.

Well worth reading.

A year ago on TTaT: Life of Art SitRep #204 Chugging along into the new year

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