Book — Prisoners Of Our Thoughts : Victor Frankl’s Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and Work by Alex Pattakos, PhD

Last month, a group of friends got together to discuss Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning of Life”. It is about one man’s valiant attempt and success in surviving the horrific Holocaust and Nazi concentration camps.

Recenetly, I came across Alex Pattakos’ book on Viktor Frankl’s principles. I thought it would be a good idea to write down Dr Pattakos’ summary of the 7 Core Principles:

  1. Exercise the freedom to choose your attitude – in all situations, no matter how desperate they may appear or actually be, you always have the ultimate freedom to choose your attitude
  2.  Realise your will to meaning – commit authentically and meaningful values and goals that only you can actualise and fulfill
  3.  Detect the meaning of life’s moments – only you can answer for your own life by detecting the meaning at any given moment and assuming responsibility for wearing your unique tapestry of existence
  4.  Don’t work against yourself – avoid becoming so obsessed with or fixated on an intent or outsome that you actually work against the desired result
  5.  Look at yourself from a distance – only human beings possess the capacity to look at themselves out of some perspective or distance, including the uniquely human trait known as your “sense of humour”
  6.  Shift your focus of attention -deflect your attention from the problem situation to something else and build your coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and change
  7.  Extend beyond yourself – manifest the human spirit at  work by relating and being directed to something more than yourself
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5 thoughts on “Book — Prisoners Of Our Thoughts : Victor Frankl’s Principles for Discovering Meaning in Life and Work by Alex Pattakos, PhD

  1. Many Thanks Florence for sharing the summary. We may say “Yes, I know!” But then KNOWING and PRACTICING are two different things. We need reminders now and again. You just did that for me. Thanks again.

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