le 9 mai 2009
J'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre qui montre comment, dans les circonstances les plus dramatiques (Frankl a passé des années en camp de concentration et y a perdu toute sa famille), tout individu garde la responsabilité du sens qu'il veut donner à sa vie. Ses conseils (ne jamais se plaindre, agir pour être à la hauteur de ce que la vie attend de nous, etc.) s'appuient sur une expérience qui force le respect.
Je pense que c'est un livre à recommander partculièrement à des personnes qui traversent une épreuve personnelle (chômage, maladie, deuil etc.)
le 8 septembre 2015
I found the material so compelling that I listened on audio, then bought the paperback and transcribed all my notes into that. I also put a note on my perpetual calendar to revisit the highlights once a year. It's just that good.
I was late to the party - most of you probably already read it - but I am at an age where looking for the meaning of my life is maybe more important than ever. Viktor Frankl, as you know, was a psychiatrist who was imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. There, while he suffered, he also learned, and when he was released, he wrote this book. Could we possibly have a more seasoned teacher?
I picked up dozens of life lessons, but for brevity's sake, will mention only a few. For much more, I highly, highly recommend this book. I don't think you can be fully educated about your life's course until you read it thoughtfully. And don't be afraid, as I was, of the heartbreaking circumstances of the camps. Frankl uses them as a basis for making his points, but doesn't sensationalize them. Even a wuss like me can handle it.
Here are some of the best concepts I gleaned from Man's Search for Meaning:
* Don't ask what is the meaning of life. Ask what meaning you are giving to your existence, for this is your responsibility.
* Meaning can be found in suffering. In America, we act like we're ashamed of it. Why not hold your head up and suffer proudly? Add it to your list of accomplishments. Don't seek it, but if you're stuck with it, do it well. Add it to your life's accounting.
* Man can endure anything if he sees a purpose. In one example, a widower couldn't rise above his grief. Frankl helped him see that by being the survivor, the man spared his late wife the pain. Thus he was heroic. The man rallied, glad to have spared his wife the anguish.
* Some see the pages of one's calendar torn off, and grieve over time passing. Frankl says to think of each page of the calendar as a well-lived, fine accounting of oneself. The stack of pages amounts to a kind of wealth, like a full granary. How did I do? How did I live? What is the accounting of my life? This perspective gives our days meaning.
There is so much more. I can only recommend this book to you with all my heart. Thank you, Dr. Frankl. You certainly made a great accounting of your life, and your suffering.
le 22 décembre 2013
Oeuvre contemporaine majeure. L'homme fait toujours un choix, vivre ou continuer de vivre, c'est déjà choisir. Bien avant le concept récent de résilience, l'auteur revient sur les événements traumatiques de sa jeunesse (l'incarcération dans les camps de concentration nazis) pour donner des pistes de lecture sur le sens de la vie, les choix individuels, l'indicible. Ce livre devrait figurer dans toutes les bibliothèques.
le 9 mai 2013
Je ne savais pas à quoi m'attendre en commandant ce livre, mais quelle surprise! C'est un livre qui permet de remettre les choses en perspective. Une méthode pour s'aider soi même sans être un de ces "self help book"! Avec le marasme actuel, ça fait du bien. J'ai eu plus de mal avec la deuxième partie du livre qui est trop "thérapeutique" à mon goût, mais l'histoire de V.E. Frankl est chargée d'espoir!
le 2 juillet 2012
I got to know Frankl during a conference on positive psychology. I was impressed by his story, so I decided to buy that book. The first part tells about the period passed in the concentration camp and it is really touching. As he's aware of the fact that lots of books have been written on that subject, he writes more about the psychological side, and it is very interesting. Then, the second part is on the explanation of the theraphy he created, called logotheraphy, opposite to psychotheraphy, and based on the meaning (logos is the greek for meaning). Very interesting indeed.
le 28 avril 2015
This bool is a must-read, especially in our young and forming years. Divided in two parts : first hundred pages relating the author's experience in camp and second part explaining developed therapy and means of helping oneself through our worst hardships in life (traumatic experiences, depression, ...). It brings the reader a vision as well as explanation to so said search for meaning.