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

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Jul 9, 2010 - Business & Economics - 216 pages
NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED World-renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is one of the most important books of modern times. Frankl’s personal story of finding a reason to live in Nazi concentration camps has inspired millions. In Prisoners of Our Thoughts, Dr. Alex Pattakos—whom Frankl urged to write this book—elaborates seven “core principles” based on Frankl’s philosophy and demonstrates how they can help us find meaning in our everyday lives and work . This 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 DifferenceŽ,” which summarizes research demonstrating the critical role of meaning in improving the quality of people’s lives, increasing happiness, promoting health and wellness, and achieving their highest potential.
 

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Contents

1 Life Doesnt Just Happen to Us
1
2 Viktor Frankls Lifework and Legacy
15
3 Labyrinths of Meaning
27
4 Exercise the Freedom to Choose Your Attitude
41
5 Realize Your Will to Meaning
65
6 Detect the Meaning of Lifes Moments
91
7 Dont Work Against Yourself
113
8 Look at Yourself from a Distance
131
10 Extend Beyond Yourself
157
11 Living and Working with Meaning
173
12 The Meaning Difference
187
Notes
215
References
223
Acknowledgments
225
Index
229
About the Author
235

9 Shift Your Focus of Attention
143

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Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is founder of the Center for Personal Meaning, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico (www.prisonersofourthoughts.com), and a principal of The Innovation Group (www.seedsofinnovation.com). He is a passionate and engaging keynote speaker, consultant, and personal coach, helping individuals and teams find deeper fulfillment in their work and everyday lives. Alex has been a professor of public and business administration, including serving as a graduate program head. He is also a past president of Renaissance Business Associates (RBA), a nonprofit, international association of people committed to integrity in business and elevating the human spirit in the workplace.

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