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Mans Search for Meaning Victor Frankl Eric D Clower Mans Search for Meaning Viktor E FranklHe who has a why to live for can bear any how The words of Nietzsche begin to explain Frankls tone throughout his book Dr Frankl uses his experiences in different Nazi concentration camps to explain his discovery of logotherapy This discovery take us back to World War II and the extreme suffering that took place in the Nazi concentration camps and outlines a detailed analysis of the prisoners psyche An experience we gain from the first-hand memoirs of Dr FranklIn the first half of this book Dr Frankl explains his theory of logotherapy through his concentration camp experiences He explains how his worldly possessions were striped from him literally in the sense that his family was put to death and he himself was striped naked and assigned to a number Furthermore he was made to endure endless hourly suffering for several years It is though the experiences that Dr Frankl explains that suffering is life and that to survive suffering one must find a means for the suffering Therefor finding a means for ones suffering will aid that individual to survive life This brings us back to Nietzsches quote He who has a why to live for can bear any how Dr Frankl explains though his psychiatric analysis of himself and other prisoners in the concentration camps how this theory works It did not really matter what we expected from life but rather what life expected from us We need to stop asking about the meaning of life and instead to think of ourselves as those being questioned by life - daily and hourly With this Dr Frankl shows how when one losses the means to look to the future and see the possibilities that it
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