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Prisoners of our thoughts electronic resource: Viktor Frankl's principles for discovering meaning in life and work, second edition, revised and updated by Pattakos, Alex; Books24x7, Inc. Prisoners of our Thoughts uses the principles of logotherapy as developed by Dr. Frankel and puts them into a logal progression for the reader to digest and internalize. It's easy to read a book, enjoy it, be moved by it, and then forget it 10 minutes later.

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7 Principles for Finding Meaning in Life & Work World-renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning is one of the most important books of modern times. Frankl's extraordinary personal story of finding meaning amid the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps has inspired millions. Frankl vividly showed that you always have the ultimate freedom to choose you...more
Published January 1st 2008 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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May 30, 2012Matthew rated it did not like it
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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Would've rather just read Frankl....more
Nov 05, 2009Hans rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious, spiritual-development, inspirational, leadership, philosophy
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
Mar 22, 2020Mahdi Farahikia rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Following Dr. Frankl's great book, Man's Search for Meaning, this book provides a seven-principle approach to freedom from the prison many of us are living in, which is built by our own thoughts. The three-concept conclusion of Others, Purpose, and Attitude (OPA for short) is an excellent summary of the teachings of this book and Dr. Frankl's. Very much like Man's Search for Meaning, Dr. Pattakos emphasizes in Prisoners of Our Thoughts that our experiences of life (happiness, sadness, depression...more
Nov 27, 2018Fatini Zulkifli rated it it was ok · review of another edition
The secret to happiness is to have a meaningful life.
Nov 26, 2021Colleen rated it did not like it · review of another edition
I never write reviews and I very rarely give books a 1, but this book was terrible. It’s awful that the primary author dares to stand on the shoulders of Frankl and “expand” upon his work by coming up with what he calls Meaningology™️. It’s even worse that this man has gone so far as to coin an anagram outlining his plan for finding meaning in life: OPA! (It should be noted the author is Greek). It’s so hacky as to offend the senses.
I agree with pp: just read Frankl. Man’s Search for Meaning sta
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May 28, 2017NormaCenva rated it really liked it
An updated take on the issues explored in the previous parts of the series. Great to read through some more modern examples.
Excellent for anybody who wants to ponder what can fulfill his/her life. Given today's pressurized life style, it is important to reflect what is important and how we react to life's demands....more
Mar 22, 2008Chris Gottlieb added it · review of another edition
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.

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Sep 05, 2008Nicholas rated it it was ok · review of another edition
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Feb 07, 2021Diana Moreno rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Meaninful and insightful!
Give you some cases where they go through different kind of crisis, how to change your mental chip and deal with the crisis.
This was pretty terrible. It was primarily about the authors of the book (which is not Viktor Frankkl) talking about themselves and what they think about Victor. The authors just really try to glorify how smart they think themselves. I was annoyed the entire time I listened to the book until I could not take it anymore and turned it off. I lilstened to about 80 percent of the audiobook. Do not bother with this nonsense.
The only reason I did not give it one star is because they quote Victor Fr
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Nov 18, 2020Jennifer Christian rated it it was ok
I'm not entirely sure why this book was necessary. I read it after Man's Search for Meaning by Frankl. It didn't really seem to add anything new to his discussion. I would assume it was warranted because Frankl's book was written many years ago now, but Man's Search for Meaning was actually surprisingly relevant and did not seem antiquated or in need of an update. Pattakos presented his book in a way that felt like he was presenting new information, but it was more of a review of Frankl's princi...more
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. ...more
Books on logotherapy can truly change your life by helping to know how to live with a meaning. While Viktor Frankl is a pioneer, and nothing can replace his books and examples, every new perspective helps to digest and learn the concept that much better. Must read!
Nov 03, 2019Christy St Jean rated it it was amazing
This book should be mandatory reading for everyone. It makes the reader rethink meaning and purpose in a way that they can find those things in everyday situations. This book is an incredible summary of Viktor Frankl’s work.
I highly recommend it.
Frankl’s principles are life-changing, but I question the value that Pattakos adds in this book. A lot of filler here!
A distilled version of Frankl's classic masterpiece. Offers little original inspiration and is clearly written for businesspeople only....more
This was a re-read for me. Such an inspiring book. Always good to read it over and over until it becomes part of your everyday life.
A thought provoking read on how the philosophy and ideas of Frankel can be applied to life.
Jun 06, 2020Amarjeet Singh rated it it was amazing
A self help book which is written as a confidence booster without the overtones of commercialized psychotherapy.
Dec 25, 2020Iain McCormick rated it liked it · review of another edition
A useful introduction to the work of Viktor Frankl.
Mar 23, 2012Cathy Allen rated it really liked it
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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Feb 10, 2020Nancy Thormann rated it really liked it · review of another edition
The secret to a happy life is to have meaning in one's life and to think positive thoughts.
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I rated this book back in February. I gave it a three then. I've decided to change that rating to a four. Now I'm beginning to understand that there's a silver lining in every cloud. With this coronavirus pandemic, I'm beginning to learn more about my emergency preparedness. I thought that I was pretty well prepared for emergencies before the pandemic began, but I'm beginning to se
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Jun 02, 2021Astrid V.J. rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I've slowly gone through this book and find the material absolutely invaluable. Prisoners Of Our Thoughts really builds on Viktor Frankl's 'Man's Search for Meaning'. I really like how the authors apply the basic concepts that Frankl proposed from the perspective of work, going into detail on how to implement the core practice of meaning-entered living in the workplace from both the workers and management perspective. I'll definitely be revisiting this book as I continue to apply these ideas in ...more
Nov 07, 2018Drew Van Gorder rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This work did a good job of breaking down Viktor Frankl's 'Logotherapy' into bite sized chunks. Although not nearly as good as Frankl's actual writings (which I would probably give mostly five-star ratings to across the board), this book had some pretty significant insight into the workings of Frankl's logotherapy and how the workings could relate to everyday life decisions. I would consider this book to be less about psychotheraputic methods and more of a 'self-help' text....more
Apr 13, 2012BeyondDL rated it liked it
In a practical and easily accessible way, this book shows the reader the nature of philosophical factors that can shape a person's view on the meaning of their life and work. As the book almost exclusively references the work of a Viktor E. Frankl, it is not nearly comprehensive or ground breaking enough. But it is pleasant to read and take in as a mental breath mint refresher....more
Dec 19, 2012Holly Harrison rated it it was amazing
This book, along with Man's Search For Meaning (Viktor Frankl) will absolutely change your life as it has countless others, including Christopher Reeves, John McCain, Nelson Mandela and several other inspiring people of the world. Every person in existence needs to read both of these books. An absolute life changer. Possibly saved mine. ...more
Dec 02, 2014Oscar Romero rated it it was amazing
I am still amazed as how easy we fall pray to our own thoughts--and thus, take us the wrong way...and then, we somehow 'wake up' and realize we are not where we wanted to be.
Well--this book is for you....it will help you identify the little things we need to pay attention to in order to stay true to our intentions.
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Jan 28, 2021Ryan Shaffer rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
An amazing book about Frankl's ideas and philosophy. I have read the book in the midst of my mid-life existential career crisis, and while it doesn't answer my questions, it certainly fuels the thought process and helps clear the mind with its insights. A must read for those of us still looking for 'meaning' in life....more
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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.” — 8 likes
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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. Frankl's personal story of finding a reason to live in the most horrendous of circumstances, Nazi concentration camps, has inspired millions. Now, Prisoners of Our Thoughts applies Frankl's philosophy to the workplace, detailing seven principles for increasing your capacity to deal with work challenges, finding meaning in your daily work life, and achieving your highest potential.
Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., a dedicated student of Frankl's thought, was urged by Frankl himself to write this important audiobook. In it, Pattakos draws on the entire body of Frankl's work, illustrating his philosophy through seven easy-to-understand principles:
1. Exercise the freedom to choose your attitude
2. Realize your will to meaning
3. Detect the meaning of life's moments
4. Don't work against yourself
5. Look at yourself from a distance
6. Shift your focus of attention
7. Extend beyond yourself
Through stories, examples, and thought-provoking exercises, Pattakos illustrates how you can apply each of these principles to various work situations and everyday life.
As Dr. Frankl would say, only we, as individuals, can answer for our own life by detecting the meaning at any given moment and assuming the responsibility for weaving our own unique tapestry of existence. The search for meaning at work offers us both formidable challenges and ample opportunities. Prisoners of Our Thoughts makes Frankl's seminal work accessible and relevant, opening up new opportunities for finding personal meaning through work and living an authentic life.

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