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In Mans Search for Meaning Victor Frankl contends that every individual has an innate tendency to search for the meaning of his existence The authors experiences in several small NAZI death camps are used quite effectively to illustrate how focusing on the reasons behind a situation rather than the results that follow allows a person to survive even the most torturous of circumstances He writes of all the horrors tragedies sufferings and torments that he and his fellow prisoners experienced yet he recounted it in a way that seemed so gentle and light but in actuality its depth is profound The central point of the book was not on the external sufferings of the prisoners and the torments that they had to go through Rather the focus was on the psychological reactions of each prisoner to the external sufferings and torments of living an every day life at a concentration camp The message that is prevalent is that no matter what type of suffering a person endures as long as they hold onto their faith that everything happens for a reason they can survive By believing that everything happens for a reason individuals are able to weather the storms of their lives with the strength and determination to overcome He cites numerous heart-breaking stories about fellow prisoners and their ways of either coping or dealing with the situation or giving up and losing all hope In this book Dr Frankl explains the experience which led to his discovery of logotherapy and partly through that experience came to its central premise that humans most fundamental motive is to find meaning in life Through his observations and experiences he noted that there were three phases of the inmates mental reactions to camp life These were the period following his admission the period when he is well entrenched in camp routine and the period following his release and liberation Dr Frankl relates with
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