Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl & William J. Winslade

Man's Search for Meaning

By Viktor E. Frankl & William J. Winslade

  • Release Date: 2000-03-30
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4.5
From 2,111 Ratings


Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its 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 cannot 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, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America.


  • Better every time

    By Ashleigh645
    This book is a wonderful contribution to humanity. Should be required reading in schools.
  • Great read

    By jayufs578
    On of the best books I’ve read!
  • Good not great

    By hg415
    Some interesting, compelling ideas but not my favorite book of all time
  • Wow..

    By readingisgood4lyfe
    A must read for anyone struggling with depression and anxiety do to a lack of a “North Star”.. life has meaning if you chose to give it meaning. So many great techniques in this book that I plan to practice.
  • A must

    By Building my cup
    Incredible read. Strongly recommend it.
  • A Permanent Place on My Bookshelf

    By Michael & Jennifer
    It’s hard to believe that after nearly a decade of being a psychotherapist this is my first time reading this book. And this is a book that I will not only personally read year-over-year however, one that I will encourage nearly all of my clients to read. For me, there was never a question about if there was value in my life, there was however, a question of how to go about finding that value. This book, its explanations and through Viktor’s experiences one can easily come to the conclusion about what needs to be done to find value in life and in the present moment. Please, pick up this book and read it. For all that you know, this book may literally help change your life.
  • Felt like I was talking to an old friend

    By Morenom_k
    We all have struggles and challenges but it’s in the way we see our struggles and challenges do we see what the author was taking about. Great read
  • One of the best

    By vberc
    Books I’ve ever read. It’s a must-read if you believe there’s more to your life.
  • Read it in one day…

    By Simpl3Ben
    …need I say more.
  • Every single person should read this book

    By FolkDabbler20
    The introduction is spot-on in saying that several passages are life-changing. An invaluable testament to the strength and beauty of the human spirit.