These are some of my favorite books. While you’ll find them in different sections of the bookstore, they all potentially fall under the heading of “self-help” in that they offer interesting insights and perspectives and challenge you to examine your own preconceived notions and discover more conscious ways of thinking.
Man’s Search for Meaning
Victor E. Frankl
This is a beautiful book. Frankl was a Jewish psychiatrist from Vienna and a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps. The first half is a memoir of his experiences in the concentration camps that shaped his theories, and the second half is a description of his philosophy of logotherapy. The basic tenet of logotherapy is that the primary pursuit of mankind is not to chase pleasure and avoid pain, but to find meaning in our lives. He quotes Nietzschee throughout the book; “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” He states, “That is why man is even ready to suffer, on the condition, to be sure, that he suffering has a meaning.” He explains that pain is unavoidable, but that we can choose how we confront that pain to transform it into meaningful insight and growth. He states, “…each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” He goes on to say, “Live as if you were living already [Read more…]