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Concept Paper On "Prisoner Of Our Thoughts" By Alex Pattakos

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Prisoner of Our Thoughts Chapter 1 Summary Life Doesn’t Just Happen to UsIn chapter 1 of this book “Prisoners of Our Thoughts: Viktor Frankl’s Principles at Work” by Alex pattakos, Victor Frankl who suffered through imprisonment in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, found meaning, in spite of, the suffering all around him. His life’s work resulted in the therapeutic approach called Logotherapy, which paved the way for us to know meaning as a foundation of our existence. Frankl is quick to say, however, that such traumatic suffering is not a prerequisite for finding meaning in our lives. He means that even if and when we do suffer, no matter what the ...view middle of the document...

Whether we choose this path of liberation is a decision that individual can make and be held responsible. When searching and discovering the authentic meaning of our existence and our experiences, we realize that life doesn’t happen to us. We happen to life; and we make it meaningful.The transformation of work is a call for humanity and a new consciousness that suggests more than simply trying to strike a balance between our work and our personal life. It is a call to honor our own individuality and fully engage our human spirit at work wherever that may be. While this idea of empowering workers in body, mind, and spirit is not new, actually putting it to work is new. In some ways, our technological advances have redesigned work to better accommodate human factors. What we need now is a way to elevate the human spirit at work.As I was reading chapter 1, two lessons that I came across from both personal and professional life is that personally no matter what kind of life you are dealt that you should make the best of that life. If you have been raised in a poor country compared to a rich country for example, you are happy with llife and are not stressed trying to figure out how the bills are going to be paid or where the next paycheck is going to come from. Also another lesson that I have learned from this chapter is that you need to balance your work life and personal life; one should not over take the other. For instance you should not be always thinking even though I have a nice family I need to overwork in order to be successful in life. If you train your mind that if you live that middle class lifestyle you will have a balance in work and life and in tern are much happier instead of living a complex lifestyle where you are always miserable, your work and your personal life are always out of balance.In my view , from the chapter , if you have a balance in personal and work life, then in tern you are happy and not so stressed trying to keep up withthe the family expectation from the next door. If you have moderate expectations of life and your work and your personal life are not so complex then you ar more likely to live a more healthy lifestyle and not have all kind of health issues as we are now having in the moderate technological age keeping up with the rat race with both work and personal lifestyle.Prisoner of Our thoughts Chapter 2 summary Viktor Frankl’s Lifework and LegacyIn chapter 2 of Prisoner of our Thoughts by Alex Pattakos, in Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Frankl writes about his experiences in the concentration camps. He writes graphically and unflinchingly about the treatment, torture and murder of the prisoners. He also writes about the beauty of the human spirit; how it could transcend the horror and find meaning under the most unimaginable circumstances. Frankl’s experiences and his observations served to reinforce the principles of meaning that he had developed in his youth. At the end of...

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