Man’s Search for Meaning (Beacon Press, 2000)

When this great work was first published in 1959, it was widely acclaimed.  Many years and twelve million copies later it remains so largely because its theme poses the key question: what is the meaning of life?  Further, he explains how each of us can answer that for ourselves.  It is based on his experience and survival in Nazi concentration camps.   His education and practice as a psychiatrist provided him with an extraordinary perspective on the psychology of survival.  Upon his return to his medical practice, he developed his psychological theory he termed logotherapy.  It is based on his view that the “will to meaning” is the fundamental motivation of human life.  I value his gift to each of us greatly as it provides us a way to discover greater meaning and purpose in our lives.  In so doing, one can overcome suffering and find real significance in living.

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