Books by Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl Books

Viktor Frankl was a renowned Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, best known for his groundbreaking work in existential psychotherapy. He authored the influential book "Man's Search for Meaning," which reflects on his experiences as a Holocaust survivor and explores the importance of finding purpose and meaning in life, even in the face of extreme suffering.

Man's Search for Meaning

85 596 ratings

This is a profound work by a psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust and one of the truly great books concerning human suffering and the ability to endure it. It is about meaning in life under the most brutal conditions, based on his experience in a Nazi concentration camp. He introduces to us logotherapy – a psychotherapy that emphasizes the will to find meaning as the primary motivational force in human life. This book lets one get an understanding of how a man may behave with dignity against the adversities of life and that he may find a meaning in his life even where there is no hope. It's a powerful testament to the human spirit's capacity to transcend unimaginable adversity.

Yes to Life

2 464 ratings

Drawing on his experiences in Nazi concentration camps, Frankl shares his insights on embracing life fully despite unavoidable suffering. He illustrates how finding purpose and meaning allows one to rise above harsh circumstances through stories of prisoners who maintained human dignity. Frankl's logotherapy principles outline paths to psychological well-being.

The Will to Meaning

622 ratings

Frankl elucidates his core belief that the greatest human drive is not pleasure or power, but rather the discovery and pursuit of what gives one's life meaning. He offers stories and patient studies demonstrating how a positive mindset centered on meaningful goals facilitates resilience.

Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning

450 ratings

Frankl expands on his influential logotherapy philosophy by exploring humanity's innate drive to find purpose as a motivating force in life. Through poignant accounts and analysis, he examines existential frustration when meaning is lacking and provides guidance on discovering significance.


332 ratings

A profound memoir recounting Frankl's life journey, from his harrowing yet transformative experiences surviving Nazi concentration camps to developing his influential logotherapy philosophy. With gripping storytelling, he reflects on the people, relationships and unimaginable suffering that shaped his unshakable beliefs about the human capacity to endure and transcend pain through an unwavering, spirit-driven search for meaning.

The Doctor and the Soul

259 ratings

From his experiences as a psychiatrist, Frankl examines the critical role of spirituality in mental health. He argues that by neglecting the soul or spiritual dimension, mainstream therapies lack a vital component for true healing and flourishing as human beings.

The Unheard Cry for Meaning

172 ratings

Frankl contends that the modern prevalence of existential frustration, depression, addiction and emotional emptiness stems from an "existential vacuum" - a lack of meaning and sense of purpose in life. Drawing extensively on case studies from his psychiatric practice, he analyzes the psychological issues and neuroses resulting from this void of significance.

Unconscious God

51 ratings

An insightful exploration examining the metaphysical, unconscious tendencies and "religious unconscious" underlying humanity's eternal search for cosmic meaning and spirituality from a non-denominational perspective. Frankl aims to make a rational, ethical argument for belief in God and religion's psychological role.

The Rediscovery of the Human

23 ratings

A philosophical critique arguing that the reductive, mechanistic scientific worldview that became predominant in modern times has caused humanity to lose sight of our unique depths as spiritual, meaning-oriented beings. Frankl advocates a more holistic existential approach to psychology that fully considers the metaphysical and transcendent capacities of the human mind for growth, love and finding significance.

Embracing Hope

10 ratings

A uplifting compilation of Frankl's lectures and writings sharing wisdom on maintaining hope by recognizing life's inherent potential for discovering meaning, even amid unimaginable suffering and brutal circumstances. His life-affirming logotherapy philosophy provides an empowering sense of optimism about the perseverance of the human spirit.

Viktor Frankl books in order

List of books by Viktor Frankl with the year of publication of the books.

  • 1946 – Man's Search for Meaning.
  • 1955 – The Doctor and the Soul.
  • 1967 – Psychotherapy and Existentialism.
  • 1988 – The Will to Meaning.
  • 1997 – Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning.
  • 2000 – Viktor Frankl Recollections: An Autobiography.
  • 2004 – On the Theory and Therapy of Mental Disorders.
  • 2020 – Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything.