Friday, March 22, 2013

Book review: Viktor Frankl: Mans search for meaning - Profound

This book is about the experiences of a psychiatrist who was in Nazi German concentration camps. This book is profound in its value to all in daily life. It does not so much delve into the life of the concentration camps , but uses it only to set the context for the behavior and thinking of men at the camp and its relevance to life. His discussion on freedom and responsibility ,3 motives and one irrrevocable freedom is very original.

I liked this quote best in the book
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

He propounds the concept of logotherapy towards the end that may not be directly useful, but in my view this was probably the origins of what they call positive psychology.

Just so that some of you may be tempted to read it, it also figures in the HBR list of 11 books every young leader should read


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