There are many temptations to organize our life around the experience of earlier trauma. But that may short-change the future—which starts by our envisioning something better.
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The Search for Meaning in Life, Work, and Society
Alex Pattakos Ph.D.
Tracing the human quest for meaning to the ancient Greeks.
How the search for meaning can help boost our natural immune system.
How might the labyrinth metaphor help you find greater meaning and fulfillment in your personal life and work?
The Academy Award-winning movie "Zorba the Greek" offers several key lessons about stress and finding deeper meaning in any situation.
Focus on what connects you to others, not on what separates you from them.
Finding safe passage into harbors of meaning when lost in the fog of life.
Thousands of years ago, the Greeks discovered new ways of thinking and being. It’s high time to revisit these concepts and to teach them to others.
Being a “true optimist” requires more than just positive (or as some might say, “Pollyannaish”) thinking.
Win or lose, there is meaning to be found in the outcome.
How can we increase public confidence and trust in government?
Reworking the way we think can affect the way we act and ultimately change our lives.
Shift your mindset.
The examined life is worth living.
Inspiration for putting the COVID-19 pandemic into perspective.
The pursuit of meaning requires you to “act” like your life depends on it—because it does.
Do you have a coping maxim?
Forgiveness can be one of the most powerful things we do. Like any muscle, however, it has to be exercised to work well.
The movie "Joker" illustrates the necessity for humans to create meaning out of suffering by choosing their response.
Why do you complain and what is the payoff from your complaining?
Freedom without responsibility is an oxymoron.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Say yes to life!
Be realistic, expect miracles.
The primary, intrinsic motivation of all human beings is the search for meaning.
With the mid-term elections in the United States now behind us, all levels of government are facing challenges that will test their capacity to manage transitions.
What makes us tick?
Listen to freedom's cry and assume the responsibilities that come with it.
Intuition is as much a process of self-discovery as it is a tool for decision-making.
Meaning is the life energy or fuel that motivates us to achieve our highest potential as human beings.
A nation that destroys its soul, destroys itself.
Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is the coauthor of two books on the human quest for meaning, Prisoners of Our Thoughts and The OPA! Way.