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

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World-renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning is one of the most important books of modern times.  Alex Pattakos—who Frankl urged to write this book—applies Frankl’s philosophy and therapeutic approach to life and work in the 21st Century, detailing seven principles for increasing your capacity to deal with life-work challenges, finding meaning in your daily life and work, and achieving your highest potential. This ...

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Overview

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.  Alex Pattakos—who Frankl urged to write this book—applies Frankl’s philosophy and therapeutic approach to life and work in the 21st Century, detailing seven principles for increasing your capacity to deal with life-work challenges, finding meaning in your daily life and work, and achieving your highest potential. This updated and expanded second edition includes new personal stories, new data on meaning, a new chapter on the difference meaning makes in people’s lives, and new exercises to help apply the seven principles.

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“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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605095240
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 350,454
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Pattakos, PhD, is the founder of the Center for Meaning in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is an active blogger; his contributions are featured regularly on the Huffington Post, Fast Company, Basil and Spice, and other popular sites.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Stephen R. Covey v

Preface to the Second Edition xiii

1 Life Doesn't Just Happen to Us 1

2 Viktor Frankl's 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 Life's Moments 91

7 Don't Work Against Yourself 113

8 Look at Yourself from a Distance 131

9 Shift Your Focus of Attention 143

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

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