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Viktor Frankl (1905–1997)

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Viktor E. Frankl was a man who persevered in living, writing, and helping people, despite suffering for years at the hands of the Nazis. He was born in Vienna on March 26, 1905, and received his doctorate of medicine in 1930. As a psychiatrist, he supervised a ward of suicidal female patients, and vis mere later became chief of the neurological department at Rothschild Hospital in Vienna. Frankl's successful career was halted temporarily in 1942 when he was deported to a Nazi concentration camp. In Auschwitz and other camps, he witnessed and experienced daily horrors until 1945. Although he survived, his parents and many other family members did not. Returning to Vienna in 1945, he resumed his work, becoming head physician of the neurological department at the Vienna Polyclinic Hospital. Frankl wrote more than 30 books, the most famous being Man's Search For Meaning. As a professor, he taught at many American universities, including Harvard and Stanford. He is credited with the development of logotherapy, a new style of psychotherapy. He died in Vienna in 1997. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Viktor Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning (1946) 15,061 eksemplarer
Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning (1997) 431 eksemplarer
Yes to Life in Spite of Everything (1946) 359 eksemplarer
The Unconscious God (1975) 251 eksemplarer
Psykologi og eksistens (1946) 161 eksemplarer
From Death-Camp to Existentialism (1959) 36 eksemplarer
Psychotherapie für den Alltag (1977) 32 eksemplarer
Pathologie des Zeitgeistes (1983) 7 eksemplarer
Es kommt der Tag, da bist du frei (2015) 7 eksemplarer
Synchronisation in Birkenwald (2013) 5 eksemplarer
Sede de Sentido 4 eksemplarer
Frühe Schriften : 1923 - 1942 (2005) 3 eksemplarer
Zeiten der Entscheidung (1996) 2 eksemplarer
Dizer Sim à Vida Apesar de Tudo (2021) 2 eksemplarer
Retrouver le sens de la vie (2017) 1 eksemplar
Psicoterapia E Sentido Da Vida (2000) 1 eksemplar
Logos und Existenz 1 eksemplar
Mensch sein heißt Sinn finden (2005) 1 eksemplar
Livet er mening (2019) 1 eksemplar
Die eine Menschheit (2023) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature (1999) — Bidragyder — 169 eksemplarer
Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith (2010) — Bidragyder — 140 eksemplarer
Soul: An Archaeology--Readings from Socrates to Ray Charles (1994) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Frankl, Viktor E.
Juridisk navn
Frankl, Viktor Emil
Andre navne
FRANKL, Viktor Emil
FRANKL, Viktor E.
Vienna Central Cemetery, Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
heart failure
Vienna, Austria
Theresienstadt concentration camp
University of Vienna (MD|1930|Ph.D|1948)
Holocaust survivor
Vesely, Franz (son-in-law)
פרנקל, ויקטור אמיל
Jonas, Regina (colleague)
University of Vienna
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Visiting Professor, Harvard University
Oskar Pfister Award (1985)
Kort biografi
Victor E. Frankl was born in Vienna, Austria. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and later specialized in neurology and psychiatry. His early work was influenced by his contacts with Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler, although he would later diverge from their teachings. After surviving three years in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, Dr. Frankl returned to Vienna and wrote more than 30 books. He married for the second time to Eleonore Katharina Schwindt (his first wife Tilly Grosser was killed in Bergen-Belsen) and the couple had a daughter. In 1948, he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy with a dissertation on the relationship between psychology and religion. In 1955, he was awarded a professorship of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna, and a visiting professorship at Harvard University. He lectured and taught seminars in many countries around the world.



The first half of my edition is Frankl's description of living in concentration camps during WWII, the second is about his theory of logotherapy.

I appreciated some of his thoughts, but I'm not too interested in philosophy (I know what I believe and why, and that's enough for me); also, I have a pretty healthy imagination/thought life and have already considered the topics in this book. I think those interested in philosophy or psychology (especially as a profession) would enjoy this book and get more out of it than I did.

Note: There weren't any chapter breaks, which was annoying to me.

Also: There was one comment about when humans became 'truly human,' losing 'animal instincts,' which leads me to think that Frankl believed the Darwinian theory of evolution.
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RachelRachelRachel | 305 andre anmeldelser | Nov 21, 2023 |
When one is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, there are certain books that keep getting recommended and this is definitely one of them. Written in 1946 and expanded multiple times until Frankl's death, the first part of this book describes Frankl's experience in concentration camps during World War I along with his reflections on the psychology of the camps as experienced by himself and observed in his companions. The second part of the book extrapolates on these observations and ties them into Frankl's psychological theory of logotherapy -- basically that humans are not driven by seeking pleasure (as Freud may tell you), but rather by seeking a meaning for their lives. It is hard to argue with the moral authority Frankl brings to this work. His description of the camps is matter of fact, brutal, human, and shocking, and he returns over and over again to Nietzsche's quote "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." The second half of the book is naturally a bit more dry and sometimes lost me a bit in the world of psychological theory, but, like many people facing a hard and unchangeable situation, I found a lot here that really speaks to me. I think the translation of one of the original German titles in the afterward of my edition, Say Yes to Life In Spite of Everything, really sums up how this theory can click for someone facing a terminal illness. His exhortation to approach decision points in your life like it is your second time around and you are about to make the same mistake you did the first time also shifts things in a very interesting way. While his examples can sometimes be very dated (like implying that having children is the best source of meaning for women), and parts of it are a bit dense, there is so much good here. I can see why everyone has been recommending it to me!… (mere)
kristykay22 | 305 andre anmeldelser | Nov 19, 2023 |
El doctor Frankl, psiquiatra y escritor, suele preguntar a sus pacientes aquejados de múltiples padecimientos: «¿Por qué no se suicida usted? Y muchas veces, de las respuestas extrae una orientación para la psicoterapia a aplicar: a éste, lo que le ata a la vida son los hijos; al otro, un talento, una habilidad sin explotar; a un tercero, quizás, sólo unos cuantos recuerdos que merece la pena rescatar del olvido. Tejer estas tenues hebras de vidas rotas en una urdimbre firme, coherente, significativa y responsable es el objeto con que se enfrenta la logoterapia.

En esta obra, Viktor E. Frankl explica la experiencia que le llevó al descubrimiento de la logoterapia. Prisionero, durante mucho tiempo, en los desalmados campos de concentración, él mismo sintió en su propio ser lo que significaba una existencia desnuda. ¿Cómo pudo él que todo lo había perdido, que había visto destruir todo lo que valía la pena, que padeció hambre, frío, brutalidades sin fin, que tantas veces estuvo a punto del exterminio, cómo pudo aceptar que la vida fuera digna de vivirla? El psiquiatra que personalmente ha tenido que enfrentarse a tales rigores merece que se le escuche, pues nadie como él para juzgar nuestra condición humana sabia y compasivamente. Las palabras del doctor Frankl alcanzan un temple sorprendentemente esperanzador sobre la capacidad humana de trascender sus dificultades y descubrir la verdad conveniente y orientadora.
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MigueLoza | 305 andre anmeldelser | Oct 22, 2023 |
concept of God to seeker
SrMaryLea | 3 andre anmeldelser | Aug 23, 2023 |



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