Man’s Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning


Victor Frankl

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While existential frustration can lead to noögenic neuroses, it can also cause existential despair. This term refers to a deep sadness regarding one’s inability to find meaning in one’s life. Existential despair does not need to be treated through therapy, and can be overcome by looking for the meaning in one’s work, love, or suffering.

Existential despair Quotes in Man’s Search for Meaning

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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Beacon Press edition of Man’s Search for Meaning published in 2006.
Experiences in a Concentration Camp Quotes

Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.

Page Number: 74
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The crowning experience for all, for the homecoming man, is the wonderful feeling that, after all he has suffered, there is nothing he need fear anymore—except his God.

Page Number: 93
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Existential despair Term Timeline in Man’s Search for Meaning

The timeline below shows where the term Existential despair appears in Man’s Search for Meaning. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Logotherapy in a Nutshell: Noögenic Neuroses
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...frustration does not inherently cause serious, long-term problems. In milder cases, frustration leads to “ existential despair ,” or a deep concern over the meaning of one’s life. (full context)