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Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl

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. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, 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. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man's Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.

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Recommendations: 6

Categories: Biographies & MemoirsHistoryPersonal DevelopmentPhilosophy

Reading time: 34 hours


“Two more are Viktor E. Frankl’s incredible Man’s Search for Meaning and David McRaney’s You Are Not So Smart. Both books are absolutely essential to me in order to keep my perspectives correct in a changing world.”

Tony Robbins
Author, Coach, Philanthropist, and Motivational Speaker

It’s a book that people can read over and over again and get great value out of it, but Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl, to me, is just one of the great books ever written because we all, in our lives–the one things that’s in common for all human beings, regardless of your background or your economic position, good, bad, or indifferent, we’re all going to experience extreme stress in our life at some point.

And then – man, I have to say, Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is up there too.

Bryan Johnson
Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist

[Manʼs Search for Meaning by Victor] Frankl, that is how I—his basic point is no matter the conditions we surround ourselves in, we can author our life. We can author however we respond.

Chip Conley
Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker

Man’s Search For Meaning, which is probably my number one gift.

Esther Perel
Therapist, Author and Speaker

The book I’ve probably gifted the most is Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, since I’m 16.