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Prisoners of Our Thoughts

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ISBN-10: 1576754065

ISBN-13: 9781576754061

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alex Pattakos, Stephen R. Covey

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How do I find meaning in my life? How can I find meaning in my work? 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 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 paperback edition includes a new chapter on how readers of the hardcover edition have put the seven principles into action, both in their everyday lives and even in extreme situations such as Indonesia after the tsunami (where several aid agencies adopted the book as part of their training programs) and in post-Katrina New Orleans.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is a principal of The Innovation Group ( and the founder of the Center for Meaning, both based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.nbsp; He has been a full-time professor of business and public administration (including serving as a graduate program head) and has served as an advisor to executives in both corporations and governments internationally on issues relating to innovation management, policy analysis, and organizational redesign.nbsp; He is a former therapist and mental health administrator and has worked closely with several Presidential administrations on social policy matters and served as an adviser to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The World Future Society credits him as the inventor of the concept of the "Electronic Visiting Professor" for his pioneering work in on-line, distance learning.

Stephen R. Covey was born on October 24, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Sandra Merrill and had nine children. Covey received a B.A. from University of Utah, an M.B.A. from Harvard, and a D.R.E. from Brigham Young University. He was a teacher and administrator at BYU. Covey founded Covey Leadership Center in 1983 and has published a periodical, Executive Excellence. Covey authors books and articles on leadership, personal and organizational effectiveness, and family and interpersonal relationships. He promotes individual awareness, self-control, discipline, and a sense of purpose in seeking a balanced life. He recommends that companies treat employees more holistically to raise productivity. His works have been widely translated. His best known book is Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, which has sold several million copies. Other Covey books include: Principle Centered Leadership (1991), First Things First: to Live, to Love, to Learn, and to Leave a Legacy (1994), Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People, First Things First Every Day Because Where You're Headed Is More Important Than How Fast You're Going (1997), The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, and Seven Habits of Highly Effective Organizations. Covey received the Thomas More College Medallion and the Utah Symphony Fiftieth Anniversary Award in 1990, and the McFeely Award of the International Management Council for contributions and service in 1991.

Life Doesn't Just Happen to Us
Viktor Frankl's Lifework and Legacy
Labyrinths of Meaning
Exercise the Freedom to Choose Your Attitude
Realize Your Will to Meaning
Detect the Meaning of Life's Moments
Don't Work Against Yourself
Look at Yourself from a Distance
Shift Your Focus of Attention
Extend Beyond Yourself
Living and Working with Meaning
Principles in Action
About the Author