Mans Search for Meaning Readers

But whether it is suitable for all remains in doubt. An individual searching for a meaningful occupation after college, for example, or who has just lost a loved one and cannot stop asking why, may benefit from the presumptions of logotherapy. However, an individual seeking an immediate solution to a psychological problem of a specific onset and duration may require a form of therapy that is more directed. Individuals who are not particularly articulate about their feelings, or who find the implications of religion or philosophy intimidating might be stymied rather than encouraged to open up with the theorys stress upon philosophy and larger, rather than immediate context of their problems.

Under the most extreme circumstances, Frankl stresses, one can find a will to survive, if one has a reason to do so. For a therapist, he or she must find such a reason within the patients psyche and life and help the patient discover this meaning, and learn to live for this meaning. A why to life allows one to bear any hows, he stresses — but as heartening as optimism may be, devising a meaning for ones life, especially for an individual who feels that his or her lifes meaning has been stripped away because of a loss of a job, a life, or even an addiction, is a time-consuming prospect that is not necessarily suited to the modern state of healthcare of limited office visits, or even of the relatively distanced relationship between therapist and client.

Although Frankls book stands as a potent example of a survivors personal testimony, it also calls into question the adequacy and basis of a theory upon personal experience and temperament alone, and its persuasiveness may vary depending upon the readers own needs to create larger schemas of meaning for his or her own life, or simply to find a viable psychological way of coping with daily stresses and strains.

Works Cited

Frankl, Victor. Mans Search For Meaning. New York: Pocket Books Reprint Edition, 1997..