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! I loved the story of Winston the bus driver who brought joy and connectedness to all his passengers.

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Three new chapters outline how we all can benefit by putting meaning at the core of our lives, work, and society. Reading Prisoners of Our Thoughts is an insightful prescription for promoting health and wellness!

Those of us involved in the individual quest for meaning will find valuable information and inspiration in it. Meaning— choosing it, living it, sustaining it— is a significant personal, as well as societal, issue of the twenty-first century.

It is an iconoclastic book, which is set to become iconic. With it, Alex and Elaine have altered the Logotherapeutic landscape. They bring therapy from the clinic into the corporate world. They show how work can be a source of meaning by applying the revolutionary ideas and insights of our mentor Dr. Viktor Frankl. The authors succeed in demonstrating the link between Logotherapy and labour but more— they do it with bravado and brilliance. I recommend this book with relish.

The creation of meaning cannot be a once-and-for-all, set-it-and-forget-it affair, but rather needs to become our most basic ongoing achievement. This book is virtually unique in providing us with both a philosophy and a set of methods for keeping the meaning of our lives and our work vibrantly alive, relevant, and nourishing.

If you read this book patiently and honestly, it may begin to change your attitude and thought process. Deeply and impressively subversive in more ways than one, this book invites us directly in the search for meaning of our work and life. And he does it all in an immensely readable style. But Frankl also encouraged the discovery of meaning in our everyday workplaces, and Pattakos offers both a why and a how. It is particularly helpful if you are committed to living an authentic values-driven life.

This is a book you will want all your associates and family members to read again and again. Alex Pattakos nimbly brings essential new life to that spirit. Reading this book is a choice— a choice to add deeper meaning to your life.

This book helps us connect with ourselves and meaning in order to be happier, develop resilience in life and work, and co-create a better future. In a time when there is so much unpredictability, Prisoners of Our Thoughts is a must-read to serve as a prescription for personal and business leadership. Prisoners of Our Thoughts is just such a book. I highly recommend it. The book has universal appeal and would help people working in any part of the world, and at any type of job.

I believe that world peace would be greatly helped by having more and more people happy with their lives, as Prisoners of Our Thoughts could help them be. Prisoners of Our Thoughts branches all of these into one central theme: staying true to you, the real you. This book is a must-read for all educators, parents, and students. It provides such a clear view of the importance of character and how love ties it all together.

A must-read. Frankl, so deeply experienced and artfully presented. Let Dr. Anyone from mail deliverer to CEO can embark on a path of self-discovery that will lead to better results and relationships with others.

Seek what is yours on behalf of all mankind. Thompson, Lieutenant Colonel, U. Pattakos provides a commonsense model to resolve the existential anxiety created by the gap between our thoughts and reality and to tremendously enrich our lives.

Read Prisoners of Our Thoughts and be prepared to look in the mirror and see the person responsible for your dissatisfaction and unhappiness! Not only is it written in very direct, clear language to assert the case for each of us to follow the meaning in our lives, but it hits an intuitive nerve as Dr. This has been a major influence in creating a more rewarding life for me and countless others. He delivers an especially powerful message for individuals striving to grow both professionally and personally.

I can think of no other book that better prepares leaders for facing tough challenges. This is a must-read for leaders! Contents Foreword by Stephen R. Covey By Alex Pattakos, Ph.

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PRISONERS OF OUR THOUGHTS: Victor Frankl's Principles at Work

Foreword by Stephen R. To address the Crisis of Meaning in our lives, work, and society, Dr. Alex Pattakos and Elaine Dundon have written an updated and expanded edition of the international bestseller, Prisoners of Our Thoughts. The solution is not to seek more power over others or over conditions because power, ultimately, is an illusion.


Prisoners of Our Thoughts

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