Recollections: An Autobiography by Viktor E. Frankl Book Summary and Study Guide

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Viktor E. Frankl, born 1905, professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna, and author of the best seller 'Man's Search for Meaning' (1945), here gives a fascinating overview of his life and thought. As the creator of Logotherapy, the 'third Viennese school of psychotherapy' (the others being of Freud and Adler), and survivor of four Nazi concentration camps, he has a inspiring story to tell. Some experiences of his three year stay in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering III, and Turkheim camps are recounted here. His wonderful sense of humour shines out in jokes, cartoons, repartee and anecdotes. There are many useful black and white photographs and some of his original cartoon drawings.
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This is a book which stimulates, inspires, and tantalises. He mentions several authors and a variety of counselling methods which cry out to be followed up in greater detail. These include 'common denominator technique', 'fate analysis', and 'paradoxical intention', and he even illustrates the latter by recounting how he used it to get out of a speeding ticket. Now that's a technique I can use!
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

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Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fights between different pol/social groups    -   death penalty job/profession:    -   doctor/nurse Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Jew Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Family, ill    -   Yes Who?    -   husband because he/she is    -   basically "out of it" Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes Which institution    -   prison camp War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   impact on civilian Life in an institution    -   Yes War/Spying    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   psychiatrist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   German


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   prison Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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