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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: 3.3 x 13.1 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 7 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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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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Yes, very dark. Not an easy read due to the facts revealed. Yet the meaning is so true to life. Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Domenic Paolucci on Dec 16 2008
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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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By Tony Hine on Jan. 24 2005
Format: Hardcover
Prisoners Of Our Thoughts is an engaging, inspirational read. If it does not change your life, read it again. Dr. Pattakos understands the search for spiritual meaning and the corporate world. I heartily recommend this book!
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