• The Will to Meaning

  • Foundations and Applications of Logotherapy
  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Douglas James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (172 ratings)

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By: Viktor E. Frankl
Narrated by: Douglas James
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Publisher's Summary

Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl is known as the founder of logotherapy, a mode of psychotherapy based on human's motivation to search for meaning in his life. The author discusses his ideas in the context of other prominent psychotherapies and describes the techniques he uses with his patients to combat the "existential vacuum". 

Originally published in 1969 and compiling Frankl's speeches on logotherapy, The Will to Meaning is regarded as a seminal work of meaning-centered therapy. This new and carefully adapted audio version is read from the 2014 print edition.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1969, 1988 Viktor E. Frankl (P)2019 Echo Point Books & Media, LLC

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must read

the depth of logotherapy is defined to an even clearer picture. a Must-Read for anyone who wants but another weapon in their arsenal as they fight against the many enemies that can be encountered in the world, whether they be internal or external.

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Not what I expected

I really enjoyed Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and as a future psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, was excited to learn more about how to implement concepts of logotherapy into my practice. Unfortunately, Frankl is even more theoretical and philosophical in this book compare to his earlier work. It was very interesting but not what I expected.

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Another Triumph of Frankl

While more technical in nature as compared to Man's Search for Meaning, it is still follow-able by the layman. However, don't miss the forest for the trees when Frankl bears down psychotherapeutic and philosophical content. He always provides concrete metaphors, analogies, and parables when his language becomes cerebral. A must read for those who want a deeper dive into logotherapy and existential analysis.

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Regrettably a boring

The ideas are well known and simple: People thrive with meaning (held to be revolutionary insight back in the day), paradoxical intention works wonders with phobias, depression needs care (i.e. the system is not very effective with depressed people), in cases of psychoses or schizophrenia deflection of attention is used (don't pay attention to self and things are supposed to get better). An Jungian approach seems possibly more effective regarding schizophrenia and perhaps depression as seen by the work of John Weir Perry.

This book is very repetitive, a bit self congratulatory and narrated in a monotone voice. Maybe Dr. V. F other books are better ? The famous Man's Search for Meaning is short and more to the point.

Nevertheless it is indisputable that Dr V.F. insights regarding meaning are meaningful and important.

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Even more relevant in 2021

I was enthralled by this book. V.F. has immediate ly begun a new journey for me and given a deeper meaning to my walk of faith as a Christian and has expanded my perspective of being and becoming and how man can move forward in understanding suffering and see beyond to a brighter future.

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Great inside

a little too academic and philosophical and therefore here and there hard to understand but totally worth to listen to.

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Great dive into logo therapy

This book seemed a logical read after mans search for meaning and recollections.

I’m finding a great curiosity into existentialism and logo therapy and how it ties into life coaching and this book has open up a few doors and indicated some additional paths to explore.

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Great read

Frankl is a genius with incredible insights. His will to meaning is both profound and compelling.

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Must read this deeper view

A must read. Don't stop at Frankl's "Man's search for meaning". This book provides much more depth.

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  • 04-07-21

I really wanted to enjoy this

poorly narrated, sounded automatic and no feeling. difficult to follow and not informative. very dissapointing

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  • 01-21-21

Too abstract academic almost arrogant in its language

I was recommended this book. Many people obviously rate it highly but I found it a long and at times disorganised ramble. I did not like the language. It was so academic and terms were rarely defined. I have a Masters and PhD in behavioural neuroscience and psychology and even I found it hard to listen to. I’ve read other books on this topic that were much easier to listen to, better organised, and relatable. I couldn’t finish it.

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