“Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy is based on the premise that the human person is motivated by a “will to meaning,” an inner pull to find a meaning in life. The following list of tenets represents basic principles of logotherapy:

  1. Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.

  2. Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.

  3. We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stand we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering.”

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Man, I guess that I should start by saying that this book is intense. This book is about a mans time in multiple Nazi death camps during World War II. That man is psychiatrist, Victor E. Frankl. This book is split up into two parts; the first part being a memoir of his time in the concentration camps while the second half breaks down his theory of Logotherapy. I’ve obviously always knew how horrible the concentration camps during World War 2 were, but until I read a personal account from someone who’s survived them, I don’t think I ever really understood just how horrific and demoralizing they were. And even after reading a personal account like Victors, there’s no way of fully being able to comprehend those times without having actually been there. I will say however that just reading the first half of this book gave me a new found appreciation for how good I have it and everything that I take for granted. The second half dipping into the psychology part of things and discusses in detail the theory of Logotherapy; how we find meaning in life through purpose. This wasn’t a usual read for me but absolutely glad I stumbled across it.

Rating: 8/10

Recommended for: Anybody interested in a more personal account from a concentration survivor. Anybody needing to understand that the external can’t break you if you have the internal in check.

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