R. Elliott Ingersoll is Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology at Cleveland State University. His books include Psychopharmacology for Helping Professionals: An Integral Exploration; The Mental Health Desk Reference: A Practice-Based Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Professional Ethics; Becoming a 21st Century Agency Counselor: Personal and Professional Explorations; and Explorations in Counseling and Spirituality: Philosophical, Practical, and Personal Reflections.
David M. Zeitler is Assistant Professor at John F. Kennedy University where he teaches in the Integral Theory Program and Integral Psychology Program.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl is a memoir of Frankl’s imprisonment in concentration camps during World War II, and a brief description of the principles of logotherapy, a school of psychotherapy that he founded.
Frankl and his family were imprisoned in concentration camps during the war. Frankl was held in several camps before he was liberated from the last in 1945. During his time in the camps, Frankl witnessed the extreme cruelty of camp guards and the prisoners who were given special status by them, also known as Capos. He also witnessed the cruelty of the prisoners to each other as they underwent the three stages of reaction to their imprisonment. These stages are denial, acceptance, and adjustment after their release.
Frankl discovered that, although the prisoners seemed completely powerless, they had the freedom to choose their reaction to their circumstances. Those prisoners who were most resilient were those who had something to live for…
PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.
Inside this Instaread of Man's Search for Meaning:Overview of the bookImportant PeopleKey TakeawaysAnalysis of Key Takeaways
This book identifies the problem of modern egoism and explains the nature of sacredness in our lives. It encourages us to explore the sacred and instructs us how to do so. This is not a primer for ascetics, but a handbook for realizing our spiritual potential in our secular lives. This book is a call to reflection in a fast-paced, commercialized and self-centred world.
Every person, regardless of their past, can rise to the sacred and realize their personhood.