Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl is among the most
influential works of psychiatric literature since Freud. The book
begins with a lengthy, austere and deeply moving personal essay
about Frankl's imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration
camps for five years and his struggle during this time to find
reasons to live. The second part of the book, called "Logotherapy
in a Nutshell" describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl
pioneered as a result of his experiences in the concentration
camps. Freud believed that sexual instincts and urges were the
driving force of humanity's life; Frankl, by contrast, believes
that man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose.
Therefore, Frankl's logotherapy is much more compatible with
western religions than Freudian psychotherapy. This is a
fascinating, sophisticated and very human book.