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Radical Collaboration : Five Essential Skills to Overcome Defensiveness and Build Successful Relationships by Ronald J. Luyet, James W. Tamm

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CHAPTER 6

MAKING CHOICES AND TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM

Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment.

Viktor Frankl

It’s easy to say people choose their existence. The statement takes on a deeper meaning, however, when the speaker is referring to his time in the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, as psychiatrist and author Viktor Frankl was. Frankl’s belief was that people have many more choices in their lives than they are aware of. In his book Man’s Search for Meaning,1 Frankl urged people to understand that they can choose how they want to “be,” and that what they become, within the limits of their circumstances, is what they make of themselves.

People are aware, ...

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