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Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl's Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and Work [Kindle Edition]

Alex Pattakos Ph.D. , Stephen R. Covey
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World-renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning was named by the Library of Congress as one of the ten most influential books of the 20th century. Dr. Frankl's personal story of finding a reason to live in the most horrendous of circumstances Nazi concentration campshas inspired millions.In his international bestseller, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, Dr. Alex Pattakos who was urged by Frankl to write this book shows how Frankl's philosophy and approach can help readers find meaning in every moment of their lives. This revised and updated second edition features new stories and examples of people who have applied the principles in the book or who exemplify them; new practical exercises and applications; and a new chapter, The Meaning Difference.?® This new chapter summarizes research demonstrating the critical role of meaning in improving the quality of people?s lives, increasing happiness, and promoting health and wellness

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"This landmark book underscores how the search for meaning is intimately related to and positively influences health improvement at all levels. Reading "Prisoners of Our Thoughts" is an insightful prescription for promoting health and wellness!"--Kenneth R. Pelletier, PhD, MD, Professor, University of Arizona and University of California, San Francisco Schools of Medicine; Chairman, American Health Association; and author of "The""Best Alternative Medicine."

About the Author

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is a principal of The Innovation Group and the founder of the Center for Meaning, both based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. He is a former therapist and mental health administrator and has worked closely with several Presidential administrations on social policy matters and served as an adviser to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The World Future Society credits him as the inventor of the concept of the "Electronic Visiting Professor" for his pioneering work in on line, distance learning.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 889 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2 edition (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UD7M7I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be the creator of your own growth and happiness 8 Nov. 2004
Format:Hardcover
Prisoners of our Thoughts brings to life one of the most important principles that Viktor Frankl awakened in many of us - and that is that "everything can be taken from a man but...the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of cirucumstances, to choose one's way". Given what I have learned from this one quote, I feel a responsibility to recommend Prisoners of Our Thoughts to others.
Dr Pattakos both captures the experience and teachings of Frankl (and himself) in an accessible and captivating manner and also opens them up to help the reader to do something with them. He shows us that any of us can break out of the prisons of our thoughts by choosing to shift how we experience the most frustrating and disappointing situations at work, The exercises boost the value to the reader if he or she takes the time and energy to authentically address the straightforward, yet thought-provoking questions. And one might even be surprised with some of the answers that emerge. I was!
Dr Pattakos uses examples that each of us can relate to and that demonstrate the power of looking at our work through a new lens - that is, creating a bigger context that elevates the meaningful(l)ness of anything we do if we `choose' to. I loved the story of Winston the bus driver who brought joy and connectedness to all his passengers. As a dear colleague once said to me, you have three ways to live your life: as a victim where it happens to you and you have no control, reactively where you automatically respond, or from a place of creation where it is up to you to choose. If you do want to live from a place where you create your life and work, then you will greatly enjoy Prisoners of our Thoughts and find it personally and professionally relevant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Applying Viktor Frankl's Principles at Work 10 April 2005
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
If you have ever taken a self-improvement seminar or read a self-help book, you have probably encountered one or more quotes from Dr. Viktor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning, in which he describes what he learned through being in Nazi concentration camps as a persecuted Jew. The book is the foundation for a school of thought that is a spiritual counterpoint to seeing humans as driven by desire (Freud) and power (Adler). Frankl's examples are compelling because they are born of such intense suffering and achieve beautiful transcendence.
If you reverse the title and subtitle of this book, you get a better sense of the book's contents.
Dr. Pattakos in the book and Dr. Covey in the foreword briefly recount the meetings with Dr. Frankl and his influence on their lives and practices. Dr. Pattakos writes briefly about seven principles he has distilled from Dr. Frankl's work.
These principles are:
1. Freedom to choose our reaction and attitude towards things that affect us (we can see negative things in positive ways as Dr. Frankl did in viewing his time in Nazi concentration camps);
2. We can focus consciously on positive, meaningful values and goals (look to improve, rather than complain);
3. We can find meaning in everything that happens (a setback is an opportunity to learn how to improve);
4. We can learn how to stop our self-sabotage (get out of funks, rather than deepening them);
5. We can see ourselves objectively and with humor (and gain from these perspectives);
6. We can choose our focus when dealing with challenges in ways that will reward us (count your blessings when you have a problem);
7. We can influence the world in positive ways.
If all you want to know are the principles, you don't need to read the book.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be the creator of your own growth and happiness 8 Nov. 2004
Format:Hardcover
Prisoners of our Thoughts brings to life one of the most important principles that Viktor Frankl awakened in many of us - and that is that "everything can be taken from a man but...the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of cirucumstances, to choose one's way". Given what I have learned from this one quote, I feel a responsibility to recommend Prisoners of Our Thoughts to others.
Dr Pattakos both captures the experience and teachings of Frankl (and himself) in an accessible and captivating manner and also opens them up to help the reader to do something with them. He shows us that any of us can break out of the prisons of our thoughts by choosing to shift how we experience the most frustrating and disappointing situations at work, The exercises boost the value to the reader if he or she takes the time and energy to authentically address the straightforward, yet thought-provoking questions. And one might even be surprised with some of the answers that emerge. I was!
Dr Pattakos uses examples that each of us can relate to and that demonstrate the power of looking at our work through a new lens - that is, creating a bigger context that elevates the meaningful(l)ness of anything we do if we `choose' to. I loved the story of Winston the bus driver who brought joy and connectedness to all his passengers. As a dear colleague once said to me, you have three ways to live your life: as a victim where it happens to you and you have no control, reactively where you automatically respond, or from a place of creation where it is up to you to choose. If you do want to live from a place where you create your life and work, then you will greatly enjoy Prisoners of our Thoughts and find it personally and professionally relevant.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Prisoners of Our Thoughts..........
oh no - how is it possible to destroy such a good concept. Lots of cut and past from Frankl's book. And a lot of examples from the business world witch is too old news and doesn't... Read more
Published on 3 Feb. 2013 by str38
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Excellent for anybody who wants to ponder what can fulfill his/her life. Given today's pressurized life style, it is important to reflect what is important and how we react to... Read more
Published on 29 Aug. 2012 by E. Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Prisoners Of Our Thoughts
Excellent and thought provoking book. It is well worth reading through and then reading again to put the words into practice.
Published on 26 Jun. 2012 by A. J. Lornie
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Published on 6 Sept. 2010 by M. Nemcko
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Based on Viktor Frankl's 'Man's Search for Meaning', this book seeks to explore Dr Frankl's 7 key principles, which basically revolve around us recognizing and appreciating that... Read more
Published on 17 July 2008 by Daniel A
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read !
Author Alex Pattakos draws on his own experiences, TV sitcoms and, primarily, "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl to convey the idea that it is up to you to find meaning in... Read more
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