Prisoners of Our Thoughts

  • by Alex Pattakos
  • Narrated by Alex Pattakos
  • 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"Pattakos's is a humane approach that allows for purpose in even the most purposeless-seeming environments, which is surely palliative care - if not a cure - for work ruts." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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This book is a lukewarm regurgitation of Victor Frankl's book. Everything after author's first principle (name ten good things about your current or future situation) was just filler. This could have been covered in a single paragraph. I almost made it to the end hoping that it would contain some gem of wisdom, but had to cut it 15 minutes short to avoid the author's egotistical ramblings. Read by the author in an annoying wet-noodle, milk toast Tony Robbins style. Most of the quotes from Victor Frankl's book were mumbled in a low almost inaudible voice. The nicest thing i can say about the narration is that it was very annoying.
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- michael

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Great! With Viktor E. Frankl "Man's search for meaning", those two books opened my eyes on limiting constraints I placed on myself and made me understand what the word meaningful really is, from soul to heart to guts.

Inspiring, this book just made me feel "right" during the whole listen. I listened to it twice in fact, just to get inspired again.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2008
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC