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The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy (Meridian)

The Will to Meaning: Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy - Viktor E. Frankl I finished reading Viktor Frankl's book "Man's Search for Meaning", and then started looking for more of his books to read. This books is EXCELLENT and I would recommend it for reading after "Man's Search for Meaning". I am already starting on a 2nd reading.This book is more of an indepth explanation of Frankl's approach to psychology called "Logotherapy". The book is made up of a set of lectures given at SMU in 1966 by way of introduction and explanation of Logotherapy.Logotherapy is based on the following three concepts --1. freedom of will, 2. will to meaning, and 3. meaning of life. Frankl believes that "life holds a meaning for each and every individual, and even more, it retains this meaning literally to his last breath. The psychiatrist can show his patient that life never ceases to have a meaning. To be sure, he cannot show his patient WHAT the meaning is, but he may well show him that THERE IS a meaning, and that life retains it; that it remains meaningful, under any conditions. As logotherapy teaches, even the tragic and negative aspects of life, such as unavoidable suffering, can be turned into a human achievement by the attitude which a man adopts toward his predicament. In contrast to most of the existentialist schools of thought, logotherapy is in no way pessimistic; but it is realistic in that it faces the tragic triad of human existence: pain, death, and guilt. Logotherapy may justly be called optimistic, because it shows the patient how to transform despair into triumph."This book is excellent because it DOES face reality, and shows you that your attitude towards your circumstances can transform suffering into a hopeful achievement. Frankl's experiences in the Nazi concentration camps lends such an incredible validity to his observations, and each chapter builds on his wisdom.