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Find hope even in these dark times with this rediscovered masterpiece, a companion to his international bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning.Yes to Life In Spite of Everything PDF
Eleven months after he was liberated from the Nazi concentration camps, Viktor E. Frankl held a series of public lectures in Vienna. The psychiatrist, who would soon become world famous, explained his central thoughts on meaning, resilience, and the importance of embracing life even in the face of great adversity.
Published here for the very first time in English, Frankl’s words resonate as strongly today—as the world faces a coronavirus pandemic, social isolation, and great economic uncertainty—as they did in 1946. He offers an insightful exploration of the maxim “Live as if you were living for the second time,” and he unfolds his basic conviction that every crisis contains opportunity. Despite the unspeakable horrors of the camps, Frankl learned from the strength of his fellow inmates that it is always possible to “say yes to life”—a profound and timeless lesson for us all.
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Born in 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During World War II, he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau, and other concentration camps; most of his family, including his wife and parents, perished in the camps.
In his lifetime, Frankl published many books, most notably the international bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning, which has been translated into 50 languages. He was a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and made 51 tours throughout the United States alone.
Proportions of Yes to Life In Spite of Everything PDF
- Publisher : Beacon Press (August 31, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 136 pages
- International Standard Book Number-10 : 080700569X
- International Standard Book Number-13 : 978-0807005699
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.46 x 0.4 x 8.49 inches
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Hope Runs Through the Darkest of Themes
May 7, 2020
Viktor Frankl, like anyone who endured the atrocities of the Holocaust, is someone I don’t have the vocabulary to describe. I’m in awe of the resilience and oftentimes almost unfathomable positivity of anyone who has lived through experiences I can’t even imagine. What’s even more extraordinary is that the lectures Frankl gave, which are the basis of this book, were presented only nine months after his liberation from his final concentration camp.
With an introduction by Daniel Goleman and afterward by Franz Vesely, Viktor’s son-in-law, this book comprises three of Frankl’s lectures:
• On the Meaning and Value of Life
• On the Meaning and Value of Life II
• Experimentum Crucis.
These lectures focus on suicide, forced annihilation and concentration camps respectively. With such difficult content I had expected this read to be quite depressing, but there’s hope running through even the darkest of themes. Given the author’s belief that we can find meaning regardless of our circumstances, this hope felt particularly appropriate.
This meaning, Frankl asserts, can come through “our actions, through loving, and through suffering.” Meaning doesn’t only come from work. Illness, physical or mental, doesn’t necessarily equal loss of meaning. Suffering can be either meaningful or meaningless.
Some of the early text read the way some university philosophy lectures I’ve attended felt, where I was anxious for the lecturer to get to the point, but these sections were the groundwork for what was to come. Frankl gives examples of patients he treated and people he encountered in concentration camps, and these provided the answers to ‘how does this theory apply to real life?’, which is something I always seek.
The third lecture was the one that I found most insightful. Building on the two previous lectures, Frankl discusses his thoughts on the “psychological reactions of the camp prisoners to life in the camp.” Learning how this lecture specifically related to his own ability to find meaning was inspirational.
It can be tempting, when someone talks about the importance of your attitude or finding meaning in suffering, to get into ‘yeah, but’. Yeah, but how would they feel if they were in my situation? Yeah, but what qualifies them to speak to me about suffering? It’s hard to ‘yeah, but’ when the person you’re hearing it from is Viktor Frankl.
While Frankl specifically says that no one’s suffering can be compared to anyone else’s I still find it difficult to think of any of my experiences, not matter how painful they are for me, to be comparable to those who have been subjected to concentration camps. After reading this book part of me wants to admonish myself for having a whinge about any problem I face. However, the overwhelming takeaway for me is if people like Viktor experienced what they did and still managed to find hope and meaning, then it is always possible for me, no matter what comes my way, to change my perspective.
“To say yes to life is not only meaningful under all circumstances – because life itself is – but it is also possible under all circumstances.”
Content warnings are included in my Goodreads review.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Rider, an imprint of Ebury Publishing, Penguin Random House UK, for the opportunity to read this book.
This book is concise, yet packed with meaning!
May 3, 2020
I LOVED this book! It is very well written (translated) so that the reader can understand and apply Dr. Frankl’s principles immediately, in the moment. This is a great book for gaining perspective in the midst of a pandemic.
Three outstanding lectures
May 29, 2020
These three lectures by the Viennese psychotherapist and survivor of the Nazi concentration and labor camps, which he gave in Austria in 1946, within a year of his own liberation, have only recently been translated into English. They are an amazing testament to Frankl’s belief in the need for a life of meaning which he expanded on in the extraordinary work, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, one of the most inspiring works I have ever read.
Although these lectures don’t add to the power of his major literary opus, they are remarkable both for their timing and their location, and that they address issues of hope, desperation, cruelty, responsibility and guilt in the place where Frankl was born and worked before the Nazi invasion and too which he surprisingly chose to return,, having lost all his close family, and to rebuild his life.
This collection of his lectures is supplemented by a very thoughtful essay by Daniel Goleman, ( Emotional intelligence) and an afterword by Frankl’s son in law. Not an easy read, but a very worthwhile one, with relevant lessons for our different, turbulent times.
So appropriate in light of today’s big problems
August 1, 2020
this book is a bit of a cheat, in that the actual essays (lectures) by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl are short. There is a long and interesting intro, and the book is typeset to take up as much space as possible. I am a book designer…I know what;s what with this sort of thing.
However, What frankl says is so potent, you may not be able to read but a few pages at a time, before reeling. I even thought a few pages were so important, I livestreamed my reading them and comments. I don’t think I had any listeners…
If you already have his other book, you will be happy to have this one as well. Now, I am not sure I even finished it! Have to return to it again, and again.Yes to Life In Spite of Everything PDF
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