by Viktor E. Frankl; Part I translated by Ilse Lasch
Originally published in 1946
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir and meditation on finding meaning in the midst of suffering presents readers with descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and 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 cannnot 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 -- holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
- adapted and revised from publisher
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