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

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  412 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Pattakos applies Frankl's philosophy and therapeutic approach to life and work in the 21st century. This updated and expanded second edition includes new personal stories, new data on meaning, and new exercises to apply the seven principles.
ebook, 263 pages
Published July 9th 2010 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Rana Abid
Aug 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
اتمنى لو قرأته بلغته الام ، لم استمتع
NormaCenva
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An updated take on the issues explored in the previous parts of the series. Great to read through some more modern examples.
Chris Gottlieb
Be the creator of your own growth and happiness: 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 exp

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Hans
The thing that moved me the most about this book was the clarity it brought to some of Viktor Frankl's ideas. I am especially fond of the idea that life is full of meaning and purpose but it is up to the individual to create it for themselves. There are ways of rising above the human condition, not escaping it, but transcending it through liberation from poor values, perspectives and attitudes. Personal growth is a trail walked alone and yet we are all on it together. True inner freedom only com ...more
Matthew
May 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would've given this book a two or three, but the writing is so uneven it's difficult to gather the good from the bad. I agree with another reviewer - just read Frankl.

He goes on and on against complaining before adding the nuance that complaint might be part of the clarification that leads to action. This is typical of Pattakos's inability to distinguish one type of struggle versus another, a situation of "unavoidable suffering" in a concentration camp vs the struggle against bad working condi
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Shennety
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
В целом книга довольна интересна , ибо содержит полезные советы и мысли для дальнейших размышлений с применением их на практике. Тем не менее минус заключается в том, что поскольку книга является неким сборником толкований мыслей и теорий, высказанных в другой книге, да еще и будучи так называем само учителем по психологии, то насыщенность вкуса и впечатления от прочитанного несколько размыты. Порой возникает впечатление, что автор сомневается в умственных способностях читателя и простые вещи ра ...more
Foad Ansari
May 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
چنگی به دل نمیزد ترجمه کتاب هم ناجور بود تنها خوبی که داشت این بود که کن رو ترغیب کرد که برم کتاب در جستجوی معنا را بخونم فقط همین
Jake Jeffries
Meh. I had high hopes for the book after reading Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. After reading it, I was disappointed. I didn't think it added anything that wasn't captured in and executed better in Frankl's book.
Cathy Allen
My copy of this one is stamped "discarded" across the bottom of the pages... a no-longer-circulated library book I purchased at a discount. (For those of you reading this on my blog - check out the "Abebooks" icon at right. It will take you to a network of discount booksellers offering new and used books at super-low prices.)

But taking this one out of circulation is a shame. It's a relatively young book, published in 2004, and it strikes an excellent balance between old-world philosophy and new
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Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., affectionately nicknamed "Dr. Meaning," is a Modern-Day Greek Philosopher and internationally-recognized leader of the Meaning Movement, who is focused on bringing meaning to work, the workplace, and into everyday life. A very proud Greek American (of Cretan heritage), he is a co-founder of The OPA Way!®, a philosophy of living inspired by and based on Greek culture, whose mi ...more
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“When we work creatively and productively with others, our experience of meaning can be profound. When we work directly for the good of others, meaning deepens in ways that reward us beyond measure. Whenever we go beyond satisfying our own personal needs, we enter the realm of what Frankl called "ultimate meaning." some call it connection to a higher self, to God, to our own spirit, to universal consciousness, to love, to the collective good. No matter what it's called, it is deep meaning and it transforms our lives.” 9 likes
“The search for meaning in our lives takes us on paths large and small. When we go beyond ourselves-whether in forgiveness, unselfishness, thoughtfulness, generosity and understanding toward others-we enter into the spiritual realm of meaning. By giving beyond ourselves, we make our own lives richer. This is a truth long understood at the heart of all meaningful spiritual traditions. It's a mystery that can only be experienced. And when we do experience it, we are in the heart of meaning. We are no longer a prisoner of our thoughts.” 7 likes
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