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Prisoners of Our Thoughts book summary


6 Overall

7 Applicability

5 Innovation

5 Style


Author Alex Pattakos draws on his own experiences, TV sitcoms and, primarily, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl to convey the idea that it is up to you to find meaning in your life and work. Pattakos includes exercises from his own coaching practice and some other widely used techniques (such as writing your own obituary) to help readers focus on the most meaningful elements of their lives. His book brings Frankl’s ideas to bear at the office, through such concepts as imbue your work with meaning, chose your own attitude and reach beyond yourself. While this may remind you of supportive guidance you have heard before (perhaps better stated), finds that it may provide tools for seeking purpose in your daily life. Pattakos’ book is useful, supportive and readable. If nothing else, it might encourage those who are unfamiliar with Viktor Frankl to read his work. He is the philosophical parent of this and many other such books.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Useful techniques for finding meaning in your life and work; and
  • A work-oriented distillation of the teachings of Viktor Frankl.

About the Author

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is founder of the Center for Personal meaning, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a principal of The Innovation Group. He is a keynote speaker, consultant and personal coach.



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