Prisoners of Our Thoughts with Dr Alex Pattakos

Dr Alex Pattakos, PhD joins @drruth on the 26th Episode of Brain Health: Unchaining Your Pain and the sixth episode in series 2.

Alex Pattakos, PhD, affectionately nicknamed “Dr Meaning,” is the co-founder of the GLOBAL MEANING INSTITUTE and co-creator of MEANINGology® – the study and practice of meaning in life, work, and society. He is the co-author with Elaine Dundon of the international bestselling book, “Prisoners of Our Thoughts” (3rd edition, 23+ languages), which is based on the wisdom of the world-renowned psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Dr Viktor E. Frankl (author of the classic bestseller “Man’s Search for Meaning“) who personally urged Dr Pattakos to write it. 

He and Elaine also co-authored the award-winning book on the human quest for meaning “The OPA! Way,” which is grounded in Greek philosophy, mythology, and culture and backed by years of meaning research. He is a regular contributor to Psychology Today, and an Honorary Professor at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia.

He is also a U.S. Army veteran, and so Dr Pattakos understands the challenges facing people in today’s uncertain times. In this episode, we talk about the importance of spiritual wellbeing to optimise your brain and whole-body health, in particular finding meaning and purpose in your life. Dr Alex explains what optimal brain health is for him personally in the context of being a prisoner of our thoughts.

We discuss the difference between meaning and purpose and explore how you can find meaning in everything that you do, with Dr Ruth sharing some of her personal stories around this topic. 

Dr Alex shares how he was able to help psychiatric patients enjoy life and he discusses how you can use the OPA framework – seeking Opportunities, helping others find Purpose and embracing life with Attitude, to help unchain your spiritual pain.

“We are being challenged by life and it is up to us to make it meaningful,” Dr Alex Pattakos.

His background includes being a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organiser, community/economic development policy planner, and full-time professor of public and business administration (including graduate program head). He has worked closely with the White House under three presidents in the USA on social and economic policy matters and served as an adviser to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He was also one of the initial faculty evaluators for the Innovations in American Government Awards Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a past president of Renaissance Business Associates (RBA), an international, nonprofit association of people committed to elevating the human spirit in the workplace. During his tenure as president, RBA was active in Australia, Canada, Europe, Nigeria, South Africa, and the USA.

Through his public speaking, work with Fortune 500 companies, governments, nonprofit organisations, and university teaching, he has helped people at all levels build their capacities for personal and organisational transformation with a focus on an authentic commitment to meaningful value and goals that make a positive difference in the world.

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