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 2,266 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.


  • Wonderful Read!

    By Anna Daiky
    Beautifully written book, in way and meaning.
  • 10/10

    By jamm1222
    This book is amazing, it’s definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read and it’s now my favorite. It really gets you to reflect on life and the inevitable trials that it comes with, and how it is through those challenges that you can find meaning in each moment you’re given depending on the attitude that you choose to have towards them. I also love when he said that the transitoriness of life creates the very challenge for us to do our best everyday — to live life actively not passively. This is a book I’d recommend to everyone I know!
  • Meaning

    By bhen08
    This book ordered the chaos in my mind and soul. It was the perfect union of understanding the heart ache and trauma in my life. I took a more nihilistic approach, but this book gave me a path to overcoming and looking at my present pain as an opportunity, a way to prove that it wasn’t for nothing.
  • My review

    By holdmybeer123
    This book truly hits the soul, they don’t call it one of the greats for no reason.
  • 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.