Summary Of Viktor Frankl : The Human Search For Meaning

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For this question, I chose to use Viktor Frankl: The Human Search for Meaning. If you know me, choosing this essay would seem like an easy out because Viktor Frankl wrote my all-time favorite book, Man’s Search for Meaning. This book was introduced to me by my PSY101 professor, back in 2014. Since then, I have read that book over 15 times. I own 4 copies of this book. I keep 1 in my car, another in my husband’s car, a third on my books shelf, and the fourth is the one I’m usually forcing people borrow and read.

During the Holocaust in the 1940’s, Viktor Frankl spent 3 years as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps. His wife, mother, father, and brother, all died. He was faced with extreme hunger, illnesses, and brutal living conditions. Unlike the prisoners around him, he somehow managed to find hope and meaning during one of the mort devastating events in human history. It’s no wonder Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning has sold over 10,000,000 copies, and is one of the most influential books ever written. If a man who lived in a concentration camp for 3 years, and who had witnessed the death of his loved ones and many others, could find hope and meaning, then surely, he was doing something the rest of the world needed to know about.

There are several lessons to take away from Frankl. Firstly, he who has a “why” to live for can bear any “how.” What he means is that if you have something to live for, whether it’s yourself, another person, a career, anything really, you can deal with almost any obstacle, or “how” in order to live for your “why.” As long as you have hope, you can survive anything. Frankl talks about a doctor at the concentration camps to observed that between Christmas of 1944 and New Years of 1945, there were increased number of deaths. He believes this is due to the prisoners giving up hope. The prisoners who had a stronger will to live and a better chance of coming out alive. Those without a reason to keep going, increased the likelihood of severe illness and death.

The second lesson is love is the ultimate and highest goal that a person can aspire. Frankl doesn’t always mean your love for another person. Some of the prisoners survived because of their love for
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