My third book in 2018 is Viktor E. Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning. This was a fascinating book that delved into the human psyche.
The book is divided into two parts. The first is Viktor's personal account from when he spent time in several different Nazi Concentration Camps during World War II. Viktor had the opportunity to leave for the United States prior to being taken prisoner, but chose to stay to help his parents. Shortly thereafter he and his wife were captured and sent to different camps.
Viktor recounts a variety of experiences, such as losing his life's work that he was hoping to publish, watching as so many died around him due to illness, living conditions, and lack of food, as well as his close calls with death on a variety of occasions.
The second part of the book gave an overview of Viktor's theory and practice of Logotherapy, a meaning-centered psychotherapy. Logotherapy is a type of treatment to help patients find meaning and fulfillment in life. In Logotherapy there are three ways to find meaning in life:
1. To create something or do a deed
2. Through experiences and encounters
3. Attitude through unavoidable suffering
These each are touched on along with the part religion can play in one's life, and examples of patients Dr. Frankl helped. There are many other aspects the book looks into, such as interplay between the "Tragic Optimism" and the "Tragic Triad" (pain, guilt, and death).
Overall, this is a book that acts as a story, a philosophy, and a great view into human psychology.