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Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl's Principes for Discovering Meaning in Life & Work Audio CD – Unabridged, Jul 1 2008

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Your Coach Digital; Unabridged edition (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596591692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596591691
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.5 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #609,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The late Viktor Frankl's hopeful Man's Search for Meaning emerged from his experience in a Nazi concentration camp. With Frankl's blessing, Pattakos, a cofounder of the Innovation Group consultancy and a former professor of public and business administration, applies Frankl's lessons to corporate America's workplaces. Logotherapy, Frankl's therapeutic approach, says we are free to respond to all aspects of our destiny; Pattakos argues that if we all have a will to meaning, then even if we work for unenlightened companies, we can still "connect meaningfully with others" within the workplace. Finding your sense of humor, giving to others and forgiving, and "de-reflecting" (or shifting your focus of attention) are all strategies for connection; one should consider "ten positive things" when losing a job or taking a pay cut. Pattakos ends each chapter with a "Meaning Moment" and a "Meaning Question," which can seem contrived (how exactly is your work like a "mission"?) and a lot of the advice will feel like familiar workplace etiquette that has been rebranded. Still, Pattakos's is a humane approach that allows for purpose in even the most purposeless-seeming environments, which is surely palliative care—if not a cure—for work ruts. The foreword is by The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People author Stephen R. Covey.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"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." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 6 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Domenic Paolucci on Dec 16 2008
Format: Paperback
A truly insightful and meaningful book. The book is highly therapeutic in all aspects of daily life and work. Your thoughts can either release your potential or block it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Sonnenberg on Nov. 7 2013
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Viktor Frankl is an amazing person - what he did to stay alive and of sound mine is unbelievable. Sure makes you think about how your thoughts can make or break you.
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By Bennymac on Oct. 5 2015
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I came into this book expecting that it was written by Frankl, the survivor, so it was a bit of a surprise that it was another individual. The content of the book is pretty good but I thought it could have used more actionable / practical resources. At the very least, it's reassuring that others feel the drive to find deeper meaning in day to day life, regardless of your specific life circumstances.
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