Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning.
Viktor E. Frankl.
Insight Books: 1997.
A series of lectures and essays by Frankl, the inventor/developer of Logotherapy, a theory of psychology he developed while in WWII concentration camps. Besides Jungian theory — which really appeals to my aesthetic side — this is the only psychology I have found which I feel is pretty much correct. His basic tenet is that people’s primary objective is to find meaning, “logo”, in and for our lives. Along with this, Frankl believes that man is spiritual at core. Thus, for us to be really happy, even in a concentration camp, we must see a spiritual meaning for our lives. This doesn’t mean we have to know the Meaning of Life, but at least an individual meaning.
Logotherapy is practical, though not to the extreme of behaviorism, yet it keeps psychology existential and humanist, not reducing man to Freudian drives & impulses.
An extremely important book, with a lot of truth mixed in. A good one to reread every few years.