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The Human Condition Bücher: Man’s Search for Meaning von Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl
4.4 (857 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Man’s Search for Meaning?

Originally published in 1946, Man’s Search for Meaning details the harrowing experiences of author and psychologist Viktor Frankl during his internment in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War. It offers insights into how human beings can survive unsurvivable situations, come to terms with trauma, and ultimately find meaning.

Wer Man’s Search for Meaning lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in psychotherapy
  • Anyone who wants to know how ordinary people cope with extraordinary situations
  • Anyone trying to work out the meaning of life

The Human Condition Bücher: How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life von Russ Roberts

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

Russ Roberts
An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
4.1 (35 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life?

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life revives the work of the influential economist and philosopher, Adam Smith – especially his groundbreaking book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments. The author applies Smith’s ideas to modern life, showing us how to become happier and more virtuous people, improving our relationships with those around us and ultimately even changing the world!

Wer How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to find a path to fulfillment and happiness
  • Anyone who wants to apply classic philosophy to their own life
  • Anyone who thinks Adam Smith was just an economist

The Human Condition Bücher: What Makes Us Human? von Charles Pasternak, editor

What Makes Us Human?

Charles Pasternak, editor
4.1 (21 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in What Makes Us Human??

In What Makes Us Human (2007), a group of experts shares ideas on this centuries-long question. These blinks plumb the depths of the mystery of our species, to discover why humans alone cook food to eat, think creatively and understand cause and effect.

Wer What Makes Us Human? lesen sollte

  • Scientists, philosophers and theologists
  • People who want to explore questions about human life

The Human Condition Bücher: The Book von Alan W. Watts

The Book

Alan W. Watts
On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
4.5 (253 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Book?

The Book (1966) is about the big questions in life. What’s the meaning of it all? Where do we really exist in the universe? Author Alan Watts guides the reader on a voyage of discovery that questions popular assumptions about what’s important in life, how the universe functions, and the nature of God.

Wer The Book lesen sollte

  • Spiritual seekers
  • Students of theology or religion
  • Readers interested in Eastern philosophies

The Human Condition Bücher: The Why Café von John P. Strelecky

The Why Café

John P. Strelecky
4.4 (343 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Why Café?

The Why Café (2003) is a semi-autobiographical account of one man’s search for meaning. When protagonist John stumbles upon a little Café in the middle of nowhere, he’s confronted with three existential questions. The other customers guide John on his philosophical journey and help him discover the secrets to living a fulfilled life – teaching us all how to do the same in the process.

Wer The Why Café lesen sollte

  • Hard workers who can’t seem to catch a break
  • Lost souls searching for meaning
  • Anyone who wants to overcome their fear of death

The Human Condition Bücher: For Small Creatures Such as We von Sasha Sagan

For Small Creatures Such as We

Sasha Sagan
Rituals for Finding Meaning in Our Unlikely World
4.2 (79 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in For Small Creatures Such as We?

For Small Creatures Such as We (2019) is a guidebook for those seeking to celebrate the milestones of life – both joyful and painful – in a nonreligious context. By exploring traditional ceremonies through a scientific lens, author Sasha Sagan invites secular individuals to develop their own meaningful rituals that create wonder and provide comfort.

Wer For Small Creatures Such as We lesen sollte

  • Secular people wishing to participate in meaningful but nonreligious rituals
  • Families looking for new ways to celebrate milestones
  • Seekers of wonder wanting to connect more deeply with the natural world

The Human Condition Bücher: Adventures in Human Being von Gavin Francis

Adventures in Human Being

Gavin Francis
A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum
4.3 (77 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Adventures in Human Being?

Adventures in Human Being (2015) is a sort of anatomical travel guide. A series of philosophical reflections on each of the body’s major organs, the book combines a clinical perspective on the body with select stories from our cultural history. The result is a series of striking ruminations on the human condition from the unusual angle of human anatomy.

Wer Adventures in Human Being lesen sollte

  • Students of medicine open to a more philosophical approach to the body 
  • Philosophers curious to hear a doctor’s perspective on the human condition
  • Anyone who wants to learn about the inner workings of their body

The Human Condition Bücher: The Soul of the World von Roger Scruton

The Soul of the World

Roger Scruton
3.7 (216 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Soul of the World?

In an age where science and atheism seek to explain everything we are, The Soul of the World (2014) argues for the continued importance of religion. It doesn’t preach for a particular doctrine; rather, it claims that in art, music, architecture, and interpersonal relations, there is a striving toward the sacred that science alone can’t explain or fulfill. Finally, it argues that by devaluing or ignoring the transcendent, we are willfully giving up one of the very things that makes us human.

Wer The Soul of the World lesen sollte

  • Atheists, agnostics, and scientists seeking a challenge to their worldview
  • Conservatives, traditionalists, and religious people
  • Lovers of philosophy, music, or art

The Human Condition Bücher: No Bad Parts von Richard C. Schwartz

No Bad Parts

Richard C. Schwartz
Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model
4.6 (365 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in No Bad Parts?

No Bad Parts (2021) argues that we’re all made up of many distinct parts, like inner voices, that add different things to our lives. By engaging these parts directly, we can heal past traumas and transform the way we relate to ourselves and the world.

Wer No Bad Parts lesen sollte

  • Deep thinkers who experience internal conflict
  • Psychology buffs interested in an original approach to the mind
  • People who feel numb and dissociated because of early traumatic experiences

The Human Condition Bücher: The No-Nonsense Meditation Book von Steven Laureys

The No-Nonsense Meditation Book

Steven Laureys
A Scientist’s Guide to the Power of Meditation
4.7 (526 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The No-Nonsense Meditation Book?

The No-Nonsense Meditation Book (2021) explores the science behind meditation. As the latest neuroscience research shows, you don’t have to be a monk in search of nirvana to reap the benefits of meditation. In fact, it’s a great solution to many distinctly modern problems like stress and chronic anxiety.

Wer The No-Nonsense Meditation Book lesen sollte

  • Natural worriers
  • Would-be meditators
  • Scientists

The Human Condition Bücher: Rationality von Steven Pinker


Steven Pinker
What It Is, Why It's Scarce, and How to Get More
4.2 (398 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Rationality?

Rationality (2021) explores the faculty that sets us apart from other species: reason. The ability to think rationally drives individual and social progress. It allows us to attain our goals and create a fairer world. But rationality isn’t just something we do as individuals – it also sustains our best institutions.

Wer Rationality lesen sollte

  • Would-be rationalists
  • Philosophical thinkers
  • Anyone who loves big ideas

The Human Condition Bücher: Four Thousand Weeks von Oliver Burkeman

Four Thousand Weeks

Oliver Burkeman
Time Management for Mortals
4.5 (818 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Four Thousand Weeks?

Four Thousand Weeks (2021) explores concepts of time and time management, arguing that our modern attempts to optimize our time leave us stressed and unhappy. Drawing upon the work of ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual leaders, this book proposes a path to cultivating a fulfilling life through embracing our limitations.

Wer Four Thousand Weeks lesen sollte

  • Time management gurus
  • Philosophy students
  • Aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs

The Human Condition Bücher: The Sweet Spot  von Paul Bloom

The Sweet Spot

Paul Bloom
The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search For Meaning
4.5 (738 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Sweet Spot ?

The Sweet Spot (2021) is a refreshing antidote to all the books we read about being positive at all costs. It argues that negative experiences like pain, suffering, and discomfort are not something to be shied away from. In fact, they can add value to our lives. Instead of trying to avoid discomfort, we need to find the right discomfort. That is, the kind of challenge that makes our lives meaningful. 

Wer The Sweet Spot lesen sollte

  • Self-help fans who are tired of all the toxic positivity
  • Psychology lovers looking for an original perspective on how pain and suffering affect our lives
  • Reflective seekers looking to understand what will give their lives a sense of purpose

The Human Condition Bücher: Living Presence von Kabir Edmund Helminski

Living Presence

Kabir Edmund Helminski
A Sufi Way to Mindfulness and the Essential Self
4.3 (192 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Living Presence?

Living Presence (1992) explores how the teachings of the ancient Islamic practice of Sufism can act as a balm against our fractured, ego-driven age. Sufism teaches that an infinite spirit connects all life and that by becoming mindful of the here and now, we can glimpse this spirit in ourselves and others. Ultimately, in connecting to this presence we allow ourselves to become kinder, more intentional, and more alive. In short, more human.

Wer Living Presence lesen sollte

  • Curious minds interested in exploring the practice of Sufi Islam
  • Big thinkers who sense there’s a greater truth beyond the veil of perception
  • Anyone looking for a guiding light through dark times

The Human Condition Bücher: What is Life? von Erwin Schrödinger

What is Life?

Erwin Schrödinger
With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches
4.4 (290 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in What is Life??

What is Life? (1944) is a classic scientific text based on a series of lectures given at Trinity College, Dublin, by famous physicist Erwin Schrödinger. Though Schrödinger was a physicist, these lectures addressed issues in biology and genetics –⁠ primarily the fundamental question of how physics and chemistry can account for the processes that occur within living organisms. The concepts he explored went on to spark a revolution in genetics, inspiring, among others, the biologists James D. Watson and Francis Crick, who together proposed the double helix structure of DNA.

Wer What is Life? lesen sollte

  • Science geeks
  • Big-picture thinkers, ponderers, and questioners
  • Anyone who loves getting to the bottom of how the universe works

The Human Condition Bücher: The Daily Laws von Robert Greene

The Daily Laws

Robert Greene
366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature
4.5 (595 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Daily Laws?

The Daily Laws (2021) is a compendium of 366 rules for life, covering everything from seduction and power to the discovery of your life’s great task. It distills the insights author Robert Greene has uncovered in a series of best-selling books spanning 22 years of word.

Wer The Daily Laws lesen sollte

  • Fans of Robert Greene’s best-selling work
  • People who’ve lost touch with their sense of purpose and drive
  • Anyone in need of a strong dose of wisdom

The Human Condition Bücher: The Human Instinct von Kenneth R. Miller

The Human Instinct

Kenneth R. Miller
How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will
4.0 (233 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Human Instinct?

The Human Instinct (2018) is a celebration of humanity’s development of reason, consciousness, and free will through the process of evolution. It shows that our remarkable capacities are all the more unique for having arising from natural origins.

Wer The Human Instinct lesen sollte

  • Theologians, philosophers, scientists, and anyone else interested in the condition of our peculiar species
  • Anyone curious about evolution and what it means for humanity
  • Humans who enjoy contemplating our place in creation

The Human Condition Bücher: A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century von Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein

A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century

Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein
Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life
3.9 (418 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century?

Hunter Gatherers (2021) explores the mismatch between our evolutionary tendencies and our modern environments. It outlines how seemingly innocuous aspects of contemporary living are harming us, and stifling our true nature and potential.

Wer A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century lesen sollte

  • Psychology buffs looking for fresh insights
  • Anyone interested in evolutionary biology
  • Fans of natural history

The Human Condition Bücher: Switch Craft von Elaine Fox, PhD

Switch Craft

Elaine Fox, PhD
The Hidden Power of Mental Agility
4.4 (421 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Switch Craft?

Switch Craft: The Hidden Power of Mental Agility (2022) introduces the concept of switch craft – the art of being able to change and adapt in this fast-paced world. Drawing on scientific research and real life experience, switch craft uses the four pillars of mental agility, self-awareness, emotional awareness, and situational awareness, to give us the flexibility and understanding to thrive in any situation.

Wer Switch Craft lesen sollte

Switch Craft can and should easily translate into anyone’s day to day life, but its methods are especially fit for

  • Black or white thinkers looking for a fresh perspective on life
  • Those seeking hope after innumerous setbacks
  • Self-improvement enthusiasts.

The Human Condition Bücher: War von Margaret MacMillan


Margaret MacMillan
How Conflict Shaped Us
4.0 (205 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in War?

War (2020) is a philosophical inquiry into the nature of human conflict. It considers war from different angles, examining what causes it, how we think about it, and how it affects us. By making an effort to understand war, we become better prepared to avoid it.

Wer War lesen sollte

  • Students of international and military history 
  • People interested in cultural and philosophical differences
  • Anyone fascinated or affected by human conflict

The Human Condition Bücher: Toward a Psychology of Being von Abraham H. Maslow

Toward a Psychology of Being

Abraham H. Maslow
4.5 (345 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Toward a Psychology of Being?

Toward a Psychology of Being (1962) expands on famed psychologist Abraham Maslow's pivotal theories of motivation and self-actualization, which were first introduced in Maslow's 1954 book, Motivation and Personality. It presents a series of hypotheses about the human condition, dealing with important questions about people’s innate desires, the nature of well-being, and the process of psychological growth.

Wer Toward a Psychology of Being lesen sollte

  • Psychology fanatics 
  • Aspiring self-actualizers who want to get more out of their lives
  • Parents, teachers, counselors, and all those who work with young people

The Human Condition Bücher: The Power of Regret von Daniel Pink

The Power of Regret

Daniel Pink
How Looking Backward Moves us Forward
4.6 (725 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Power of Regret?

The Power of Regret (2022) is a rebuttal of the “no regrets” worldview. Drawing from human psychology, it shares actionable steps for transforming emotion into action and using past disappointments to shape purposeful futures. 

Wer The Power of Regret lesen sollte

  • Anyone who’s ever had a regret, no matter how big or small
  • Followers of the “no regrets” lifestyle who are ready to hear a new perspective 
  • Psychology fans who want to explore the underpinnings of a popular phenomenon

The Human Condition Bücher: Tiny Beautiful Things von Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things

Cheryl Strayed
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
4.1 (309 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Tiny Beautiful Things?

Tiny Beautiful Things (2012) is a collection of advice columns penned by Cheryl Strayed, the formerly anonymous author of “Dear Sugar” for the Rumpus. It takes readers on a beautiful but sorrowful journey through the different stages of our lives.

Wer Tiny Beautiful Things lesen sollte

  • Anyone seeking advice on life
  • Those overcoming depression
  • Individuals seeking healing

The Human Condition Bücher: Being You von Anil Seth

Being You

Anil Seth
A New Science of Consciousness
4.2 (467 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Being You?

Being You (2021) offers a new theory of consciousness. What does it mean to be you? Why do your experiences of the world, your selfhood, and your body feel the way they do? Combining neuroscience, philosophy, and a pinch of speculation, these blinks argue that consciousness is not as mysterious as it seems – it is deeply entwined with our living, breathing bodies.

Wer Being You lesen sollte

  • Science enthusiasts interested in the mystery of consciousness
  • The philosophically inclined
  • Fans and critics of Artificial Intelligence

The Human Condition Bücher: Dopamine Nation von Anna Lembke

Dopamine Nation

Anna Lembke
Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence
4.5 (540 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Dopamine Nation?

Dopamine Nation (2021) explores the connection between pleasure and pain. Our modern world is filled with more dopamine-inducing stimuli than ever – including everything from drugs and sex to smartphones and shopping. Citing years of clinical experience and patients’ stories, this book helps to understand addiction and explains how to achieve a healthy balance in our lives. 

Wer Dopamine Nation lesen sollte

  • People struggling to break bad habits
  • Family members of loved ones struggling with addiction
  • Anyone who can’t seem to put down their phone

The Human Condition Bücher: Bittersweet von Susan Cain


Susan Cain
How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole
4.7 (326 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bittersweet?

Bittersweet (2022) is a profound meditation on an often overlooked emotional experience – the bittersweet. It argues that opening up to the bittersweet, where pain and joy mingle, allows us to experience life to the fullest. It also shows how vulnerability can be a strength, longing can be a guide, and sorrow can set us on the path to joy and fulfillment. 

Wer Bittersweet lesen sollte

  • Anyone who finds pleasure in sad songs and tear-jerker movies
  • People who’ve experienced loss or trauma and want to find a way back to joy
  • Lovers of the ephemeral, the impermanent, and the fleeting

The Human Condition Bücher: Longpath von Ari Wallach


Ari Wallach
Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs - an Antidote for Short-Termism
4.3 (260 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Longpath?

Longpath (2022) is written to change the way you think about humankind. By teaching the lessons of the Longpath mentality, it shows how to break the bad habit of short-term thinking and embrace a mentality that helps connect humanity’s past, present, and future in order to make a better world. 

Wer Longpath lesen sollte

  • Individuals interested in improving their connection to others
  • Anyone held back by short-term thinking
  • Policymakers at the local, state, or federal level

The Human Condition Bücher: Don Quixote von Miguel de Cervantes

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes
4.4 (244 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Don Quixote?

Don Quixote (1605) is widely regarded as the first modern novel. Its claim to fame extends beyond historical novelty. For many readers and critics, it remains the greatest novel of its kind. It tells the story of a man who becomes so enchanted by tales of chivalry that he decides to become a knight-errant – a wandering gallant in the style of Lancelot. The self-styled knight who calls himself Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick Sancho Panza get themselves into all kinds of absurd mischief, but their foolish quest ultimately brings them something precious: an immortal friendship.

Wer Don Quixote lesen sollte

  • Anyone who’s been put off by the length of Cervantes’s great novel
  • Lovers of classic literature, tall tales, and absurd adventures
  • Anyone looking to put a face to the famous names Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

The Human Condition Bücher: Emotional von Leonard Mlodinow


Leonard Mlodinow
How Feelings Shape Our Thinking
4.4 (232 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Emotional?

Emotional (2022) explores a long-misunderstood part of the human psyche: emotions. It shows how neuroscience is shedding light on the role and importance of our emotions – and gives tips on how to control our emotions to lead better lives. 

Wer Emotional lesen sollte

  • Businesspeople who want to be more successful and effective in their roles
  • Individuals dealing with difficult-to-control emotions 
  • People struggling with motivation who want to form beneficial habits

The Human Condition Bücher: The Dharma in DNA von Dee Denver

The Dharma in DNA

Dee Denver
Insights at the Intersection of Biology and Buddhism
4.2 (279 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Dharma in DNA?

The Dharma in DNA (2022) explores the intersections between Buddhist philosophy and biology. At first glance, these two traditions couldn’t be more different. One is spiritual; the other empirical. But there are overlaps. Both traditions are attempts to discover meaning, for one. But there’s more to it than that: both the teachings of the Buddha and the findings of biologists appear to converge on a similar understanding of what it means to be human.

Wer The Dharma in DNA lesen sollte

  • Open-minded rationalists and skeptics
  • Thinkers who love big ideas
  • Spiritualists interested in science

The Human Condition Bücher: Imagine Heaven von John Burke

Imagine Heaven

John Burke
Near-Death Experiences, God's Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You
4.1 (30 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Imagine Heaven?

Imagine Heaven (2015) offers a peek into what the afterlife may look like. It tells the stories of near-death experiences of a wide range of individuals, from highly respected doctors to innocent four-year-olds, and shows how their accounts are consistent with the scriptures.

Wer Imagine Heaven lesen sollte

  • Christians curious about life after death
  • Skeptics looking for proof of the existence of heaven
  • People intrigued by near-death experiences

The Human Condition Bücher: The Midnight Library von Matt Haig

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig
4.6 (83 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Midnight Library?

The Midnight Library (2020) centers around the infinite lives of one person, Nora Seed. In the Midnight Library, she’s able to choose lives that she might have led if she had made different decisions. But, as Nora soon finds out, the reality of life based on those decisions doesn’t always turn out the way it was imagined.

Wer The Midnight Library lesen sollte

  • Anyone whose regrets lie heavily in their thoughts
  • Science-fiction lovers
  • Those who think they need to understand life

The Human Condition Bücher: Beowulf von Unknown


4.6 (171 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Beowulf?

Beowulf is a masterpiece of Anglo-Saxon literature, set in sixth-century Scandinavia. The narrative poem recounts the heroic exploits of Beowulf, who battles monsters and eventually becomes king.

Wer Beowulf lesen sollte

  • Fantasy fans
  • People who enjoy stories of adventure and heroism
  • Anyone interested in the origins of English literature

The Human Condition Bücher: Crazy Joy von Mary Katherine Backstrom

Crazy Joy

Mary Katherine Backstrom
Finding Wild Happiness in a World That's Upside Down
4.0 (61 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Crazy Joy?

Crazy Joy (2022) dives deep into the nature of joy. Drawing from philosophy, humor, and faith, it helps you discover your own, unique joy, and how to cultivate it even in life’s hardest moments.

Wer Crazy Joy lesen sollte

  • Anyone struggling with mental health
  • Burned-out perfectionists
  • Parents juggling too much

The Human Condition Bücher: The 33 Strategies of War von Robert Greene

The 33 Strategies of War

Robert Greene
4.1 (219 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The 33 Strategies of War?

The 33 Strategies of War (2006) distills the essential lessons of military strategy into a series of memorable vignettes. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, this wide-ranging study of tactical masterstrokes and follies offers fascinating insights into human psychology and motivation.

Wer The 33 Strategies of War lesen sollte

  • Thinkers and doers
  • History buffs
  • Psychologists

The Human Condition Bücher: Be the Love von Sarah Prout

Be the Love

Sarah Prout
Seven Ways to Unlock Your Heart and Manifest Happiness
4.5 (330 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Be the Love?

Be the Love (2022) offers valuable insights on how to overcome the hardships of everyday life. It provides helpful tools and a mindset to thrive and become more resilient in the face of daily challenges. 

Wer Be the Love lesen sollte

  • Overwhelmed people seeking guidance
  • Anyone looking for a new practical philosophy
  • Fans of inspirational stories

The Human Condition Bücher: And Finally von Henry Marsh

And Finally

Henry Marsh
Matters of Life and Death
4.4 (25 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in And Finally?

And Finally (2022) is about a doctor becoming a patient. The process is painful for neurosurgeon and author Dr. Henry Marsh but in the end, he finds acceptance and understands what truly matters.

Wer And Finally lesen sollte

  • Anyone transitioning to a new stage of life
  • People with questions about aging
  • Those whose lives have been touched by cancer

The Human Condition Bücher: Life Is Hard von Kieran Setiya

Life Is Hard

Kieran Setiya
How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way
4.0 (378 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Life Is Hard?

Life Is Hard (2022) takes a close look at common struggles – like infirmity, loneliness, grief, and failure – through the lens of philosophy, as well as fiction, sports, history, and personal anecdotes. By examining the familiar hardships of the human condition, we can learn how to live well.

Wer Life Is Hard lesen sollte

  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed by the hardships and injustice across the globe
  • People trying to cope with personal struggles
  • Fans of practical, accessible philosophy

The Human Condition Bücher: Do Hard Things von Steve Magness

Do Hard Things

Steve Magness
Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness
4.5 (471 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Do Hard Things?

Do Hard Things (2022) explodes mythologies around the popular conception of toughness. It shows how traditional markers of toughness, like putting on a brave face and pushing past pain, can actually hinder physical and mental performance outcomes in the long term. Instead, real resilience comes from listening to your body and embracing your emotions.

Wer Do Hard Things lesen sollte

  • Employees who need resilience to succeed in challenging, high-stress roles;
  • Athletes and fitness fans wanting to build physical and mental fortitude;
  • Anyone who wants to face challenges with authentic toughness.

The Human Condition Bücher: Stop Self-Sabotage von Dr. Judy Ho, PhD

Stop Self-Sabotage

Dr. Judy Ho, PhD
Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way
4.0 (364 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Stop Self-Sabotage?

Stop Self-Sabotage (2019) outlines a six-step guide to identifying and overcoming behaviors that counteract people’s ability to reach goals of all kinds. The clinically proven process includes exercises, practical advice, and real-life examples of how people have used the method to change their lives.

Wer Stop Self-Sabotage lesen sollte

  • Procrastinators
  • Anyone who struggles with motivation or willpower to achieve their goals
  • People looking to make positive changes quickly and efficiently

The Human Condition Bücher: War and Peace von Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy
4.1 (145 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in War and Peace?

War and Peace (1869) is a novel that follows the lives of several aristocratic families during the French invasion of Russia and the Napoleonic Wars. It explores themes of love, war, politics, and the human condition, and is considered one of the great works of literature.

Wer War and Peace lesen sollte

  • Curious minds craving timeless wisdom
  • Eager explorers of Russia’s literary landscapes
  • Time travelers fond of the Napoleonic era

The Human Condition Bücher: Soul Boom von Rainn Wilson

Soul Boom

Rainn Wilson
Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution
4.4 (20 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Soul Boom?

Soul Boom (2023) is a thoughtful and entertaining exploration into what spirituality can offer us in the face of today’s many problems. Through an open inquiry into timeless spiritual wisdom, as well as a host of quirky popular culture analogies, it shows how a spiritual revolution has the potential to heal us as individuals and as a society. 

Wer Soul Boom lesen sollte

  • Spiritually-minded people who want to deepen their understanding of the soul
  • People who want to see positive change in the world
  • Anyone who knows who Dwight Schrute is

The Human Condition Bücher: A Little Life von Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara
4.7 (22 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Little Life?

A Little Life (2015) follows the lives of four friends in New York City: aspiring actor Willem, moody painter JB, quiet architect Malcolm, and the brilliant, mysterious litigator Jude. Over the years, the four friends grow together, drift apart, find love and success, and struggle with loss and addiction. As enigmatic Jude gradually moves into the center of the narrative, the full extent of his unbearable burden begins to reveal itself. 

Wer A Little Life lesen sollte

  • People who enjoy character-driven literature
  • Fans of stories about complex relationships 
  • Anyone in need of a good cry

The Human Condition Bücher: Romeo and Juliet von William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
4.8 (23 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo and Juliet (c. 1591-1597) is the iconic tragedy of two youths who fall in love amid the feud raging between their two families. The many themes it explores include love and hate, fate and free will, and dream and reality.

Wer Romeo and Juliet lesen sollte

  • Romantic souls
  • Shakespeare fans who want a Romeo and Juliet refresher
  • Anyone trying to up their knowledge of classic literature

The Human Condition Bücher: How to Human von Carlos Whittaker

How to Human

Carlos Whittaker
Three Ways to Share Life Beyond What Distracts, Divides, and Disconnects Us
3.7 (15 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in How to Human?

How to Human (2023) provides actionable advice on becoming the best version of a human you can be. Discover the innate instincts you hold for connection and compassion, and reconnect with your true self as you learn how to human.

Wer How to Human lesen sollte

  • Anyone wanting to reconnect with their humanness
  • People looking to renew their faith in humanity
  • Those seeking to become their best self

The Human Condition Bücher: Saved von Benjamin Hall


Benjamin Hall
A War Reporter’s Mission to Make It Home
4.1 (115 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Saved?

Saved (2023) is the gripping and timely account of a war correspondent’s near-fatal brush with combat in Ukraine in March of 2022 – and the extraordinary effort to save his life and bring him home.

Wer Saved lesen sollte

  • News hounds looking for an inside scoop on current events
  • Thrill-seekers who love a fast-paced story of escape against the odds
  • Anyone curious about the lived experience of those who deliver the nightly news

The Human Condition Bücher: Antigone von Sophocles


4.7 (31 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Antigone?

Antigone (c. 441 BC) is a tragedy by Sophocles, one of ancient Greece’s greatest playwrights. After a civil war, two brothers – the leaders of rival factions – are dead. One is remembered as a patriotic hero; the other, as a treacherous usurper. The king of Thebes, Creon, has forbidden anyone to bury the traitor – an order the man’s sister, Antigone, can’t square with her conscience. The stage is set for a conflict pitting the individual against the state, justice against law, idealism against realism, and a defiant woman against a male-dominated world.

Wer Antigone lesen sollte

  • Theater enthusiasts interested in the history of drama
  • Fans of classical literature and mythology
  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of morality, family, and power

The Human Condition Bücher: East of Eden von John Steinbeck

East of Eden

John Steinbeck
4.6 (65 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in East of Eden?

East of Eden (1952) is a sweeping epic that centers around three generations of the Trask family. Growing up, Adam Trask competed with his brother for his father’s love – with jealousy and vengeance leading to violent consequences. When Adam has children of his own, he struggles to spare them the same fate.

Wer East of Eden lesen sollte

  • Fans of the great American novel
  • Lovers of classic Westerns
  • Anyone who enjoys epics or family dramas

The Human Condition Bücher: Frankenstein von Mary Shelley


Mary Shelley
The Modern Prometheus
4.7 (196 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Frankenstein?

Frankenstein (1818) is a Gothic horror classic that tells the tale of ambitious young scientist Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with the idea of creating life, Frankenstein assembles a freakish human-like monster. But when he animates it, he’s shocked at the horror he’s created. Although the monster seeks affection at first, it’s continually rejected and eventually seeks revenge on humankind.

Wer Frankenstein lesen sollte

  • Anyone who knows the name Frankenstein but has never read the book
  • Fans of a good horror story that makes you squirm
  • Lovers of classic literature

The Human Condition Bücher: Hamlet von William Shakespeare


William Shakespeare
4.8 (57 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Hamlet?

Hamlet (c. 1509-1601) is widely regarded as Shakespeare’s greatest play. A tragedy in five parts, it tells the story of Prince Hamlet, a thinker who must turn to action to avenge his father. It’s not only the finely crafted plot that’s fascinated readers and theatergoers down the centuries, though – Hamlet is also a penetrating study of the meaning of life and death.

Wer Hamlet lesen sollte

  • Shakespeare lovers who haven’t gotten around to reading Hamlet
  • Those who find Shakespeare’s original language difficult to enjoy
  • Fans of Hamlet who want a refresher

The Human Condition Bücher: A Rose for Emily von William Faulkner

A Rose for Emily

William Faulkner
4.3 (22 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Rose for Emily?

A Rose for Emily (1930) was first published in Forum magazine. Told in a nonlinear style, it starts with the funeral of Emily, a fixture in the fictional Jefferson County. It then goes back in time to trace moments of her life, and the decline in her health and status. 

Wer A Rose for Emily lesen sollte

  • Faulkner fans
  • Lovers of Southern Gothic literature
  • Anyone curious to learn more about a complex classic

The Human Condition Bücher: The Prophet von Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran
4.5 (40 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Prophet?

The Prophet (1923) follows the prophet Almustafa during his departure from the fictional city of Orphalese. As the community bids Almustafa farewell by the harbor, they petition him to share some final nuggets of wisdom from the deep well of his mind. What follows is a collection of profound insights into various aspects of life and the human condition.

Wer The Prophet lesen sollte

  • Anyone seeking inspiration
  • Teenagers on the cusp of adulthood
  • Lost souls in need of spiritual guidance

The Human Condition Bücher: Look for Me There von Luke Russert

Look for Me There

Luke Russert
Grieving My Father, Finding Myself
3.5 (246 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Look for Me There?

Look for Me There (2023) chronicles the struggles of a man dealing with the loss of his father. By accompanying him on a journey across the world and his heart, we learn how he copes with grief, and what other lessons he learns along the way. 

Wer Look for Me There lesen sollte

  • Anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one
  • Travel fans who love to learn about interesting places
  • Anyone interested in the human condition and its struggles

The Human Condition Bücher: The Worry Trick von David A. Carbonell

The Worry Trick

David A. Carbonell
How Your Brain Tricks You Into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do about It
4.3 (343 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Worry Trick?

The Worry Trick (2016) is a no-nonsense guide to dealing with worry and anxiety. Drawing from acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, it breaks down where worry comes from and offers concrete steps on how to face and ultimately overcome it.  

Wer The Worry Trick lesen sollte

  • Anyone who deals with chronic worry
  • Psychologists looking to deepen their knowledge of anxiety
  • Students of the human condition

The Human Condition Bücher: Bartleby, the Scrivener von Herman Melville

Bartleby, the Scrivener

Herman Melville
A Story of Wall-Street
4.3 (131 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bartleby, the Scrivener?

Bartleby, the Scrivener is a novella about the isolation and forced conformity of the modern work world. In flowery and sometimes humorous prose, the story tells the tale of Bartleby, an office worker who suffers from mental health issues and alienation. Although we don’t learn many details about the title character, we sympathize with his plight through the eyes of the unnamed narrator, Bartleby’s boss.

Wer Bartleby, the Scrivener lesen sollte

  • Those interested in learning more about a classic novella
  • Fans of nineteenth-century American literature
  • People interested in the themes of alienation, isolation, and mental health in the modern work world

The Human Condition Bücher: The Cask of Amontillado von Edgar Allan Poe

The Cask of Amontillado

Edgar Allan Poe
4.1 (140 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Cask of Amontillado?

The Cask of Amontillado (1846) is a chilling tale about one man’s expertly plotted revenge on another who has insulted him. It is a story of deceit, detachment and coolly premeditated murder.  

Wer The Cask of Amontillado lesen sollte

  • Fans of the legend that is Edgar Allen Poe
  • Lovers of the dark and the macabre
  • Anyone who loves a well-written story

The Human Condition Bücher: The Book Thief von Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak
4.4 (165 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Book Thief?

The Book Thief (2006) is a story about a young girl living in Nazi Germany who makes her way in the world by stealing books. With Death as the narrator, it follows her coming of age in the most difficult of times and places. 

Wer The Book Thief lesen sollte

  • Fans of historical fiction
  • Lovers of tales full of emotion and humanity
  • Seekers of literary thrills

The Human Condition Bücher: Thus Spoke Zarathustra von Friedrich Nietzsche

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Friedrich Nietzsche
4.3 (247 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Thus Spoke Zarathustra?

Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883) is a philosophical novel by Friedrich Nietzsche that explores the themes of religion, morality, culture, and society. It follows the journey of Zarathustra, a prophet who leaves his cave to share his wisdom with humanity. Along the way he encounters various characters who test his vision, and grapples with his own shortcomings.

Wer Thus Spoke Zarathustra lesen sollte

  • Those who like to challenge their own assumptions and values
  • People who enjoy poetic and metaphorical language and imagery
  • Students of history, philosophy, and culture

The Human Condition Bücher: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog von Bruce D. Perry & Maia Szalavitz

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

Bruce D. Perry & Maia Szalavitz
And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook – What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing
4.3 (15 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog?

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (2006) presents a series of case studies to explore the profound impacts of childhood trauma – and the resilience and adaptability of the human brain. Through the diverse experiences of young people who have faced unimaginable abuse and neglect, it illustrates how innovative therapeutic approaches can facilitate healing and recovery.

Wer The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog lesen sollte

  • Mental health professionals interested in how trauma impacts child development – and effective therapeutic interventions
  • Social workers wishing to better understand child trauma and its repercussions to support at-risk children and families
  • Parents or caregivers who want to know the minds of their children (and people in general)

The Human Condition Bücher: Becoming Myself von Irvin D. Yalom

Becoming Myself

Irvin D. Yalom
A Psychiatrist's Memoir
3.8 (96 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Becoming Myself?

Becoming Myself (2017) is a rare peek behind the curtain at the personal and professional life of one of the world’s most prominent psychotherapists. Weaving intimate anecdotes with therapeutic insights, it offers a unique, strikingly candid perspective on the human condition and the transformative power of psychotherapy. 

Wer Becoming Myself lesen sollte

  • Practicing psychotherapists and psychiatrists 
  • Individuals curious about a therapist’s personal and professional experience
  • Those interested in existential psychotherapy and self-discovery

The Human Condition Bücher: Women Who Run with the Wolves von Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Women Who Run with the Wolves

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
4.6 (16 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Women Who Run with the Wolves?

Women Who Run with the Wolves (1989) is a profoundly influential work of Jungian psychology that has shown countless women how to connect with the wise, abiding, and untameable presence of the Wild Woman archetype in their own psyches.

Wer Women Who Run with the Wolves lesen sollte

  • Women who want to awaken their innate connection to wildness and instinct
  • Women who crave deeper experiences and relationships 
  • Women who yearn to rekindle their intuition

The Human Condition Bücher: The Conquest of Happiness von Bertrand Russell

The Conquest of Happiness

Bertrand Russell
4.7 (33 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Conquest of Happiness?

The Conquest of Happiness (1930) explores the pursuit of human happiness. It dissects common obstacles to happiness, such as competition and fatigue, as well as the various factors that contribute to it. Equal parts philosophical and practical, you’ll come away with a deepened understanding of, and preparedness for, a fulfilling life. 

Wer The Conquest of Happiness lesen sollte

  • Anyone wanting to increase their sense of fulfillment
  • Individuals interested in the development of the personal happiness movement
  • Philosophy enthusiasts seeking an understanding of Russell’s perspective

The Human Condition Bücher: A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea von Melissa Fleming

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

Melissa Fleming
One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
5.0 (3 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea?

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (2017) introduces you to Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian girl whose world turns upside down after the eruption of her country's civil war. Embarking on a perilous journey to Europe for safety and a better future, she confronts challenges that test her limits. 

Wer A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea lesen sollte

  • Anyone wanting to empathize with the experiences of refugees
  • Activists and advocates for humanitarian causes
  • Seekers of profound stories of human resilience

The Human Condition Bücher: The Unbearable Lightness of Being von Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera
4.2 (17 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Unbearable Lightness of Being?

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) tells the story of the intertwined lives of two couples navigating love, politics, and existential dilemmas in Soviet-era Czechoslovakia. By exploring the concepts of “lightness” and “weight” it offers reflections on fate, the choices we make in life, and the very nature of existence.

Wer The Unbearable Lightness of Being lesen sollte

  • Philosophers looking to explore the nature of existence through a classic narrative
  • History buffs interested in personal lives amid the politics of Soviet-era Czechoslovakia
  • Artists curious about the interplay between personal freedom and societal constraints

The Human Condition Bücher: Optimal Illusions von Coco Krumme

Optimal Illusions

Coco Krumme
The False Promise of Optimization
3.3 (33 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Optimal Illusions?

Optimal Illusions (2023) explores the potential pitfalls of over-optimization. Unpacking the consequences of a world obsessed with efficiency, it sheds light on social imbalances, environmental damage, and the unyielding grip of rigid systems. Brace yourself for a paradigm shift as it unveils a new way to optimize – one that balances efficiency with resilience, diversity, and inclusion.

Wer Optimal Illusions lesen sollte

  • Strategists seeking resilience
  • Innovators embracing complexity
  • Leaders prioritizing humanity

The Human Condition Bücher: Visual Thinking von Temple Grandin

Visual Thinking

Temple Grandin
The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions
3.8 (51 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Visual Thinking?

Visual Thinking (2022) offers an authoritative view on different ways of thinking, and how those differences have been crucial to many of our biggest creative advancements. It shows how society tends to be biased toward verbal thinkers – and how visual thinkers, albeit typically underserved in society, bring an array of crucial skills to various domains.

Wer Visual Thinking lesen sollte

  • Anyone curious about autism
  • Artists and creative minds
  • People interested in team-building

The Human Condition Bücher: Ethics von Baruch Spinoza


Baruch Spinoza
4.5 (26 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Ethics?

Ethics (1677) is Spinoza’s enigmatic masterwork that changed philosophy. One of only two published works by the author, with the other published anonymously, the text became a flashpoint for divisions around the nature of god, religion, and nature, as well as a foundation for traditions of western mysticism and spirituality ever since.

Wer Ethics lesen sollte

  • Philosophy lovers curious about the works that shaped modern thought
  • History buffs looking for more on the great minds of the past
  • Mystical thinkers curious about the nature of the universe

The Human Condition Bücher: Being and Nothingness von Jean-Paul Sartre

Being and Nothingness

Jean-Paul Sartre
A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology
4.4 (25 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Being and Nothingness?

Being and Nothingness (1943) is a seminal work of existentialist philosophy. It explores the major themes of existentialism, such as the intricacies of human consciousness, free will, and the interplay of objectivity and subjectivity.

Wer Being and Nothingness lesen sollte

  • Students and scholars of philosophy
  • People interested in intellectual history and influential philosophical texts
  • Anyone grappling with questions of meaning, identity, and consciousness

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