Viktor Frankl (1905–1995) once said: "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." Dr. Viktor Frankl was a Jewish Austrian neurologist and psychologist who survived the concentration camps during World War II. Frankl had his opinion on human freedom. Respond to the following questions:
Explain whether you agree with Frankl's opinion that it is important for a person to have the freedom to choose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances and to choose one's own way.
Describe a personal example in a business setting that supports your explanation. For instance, you might want to discuss how people deal with edicts from on high in a given organization vs. situations where employees have a voice in the decision making process.
To what extent you believe that freedom or the right to choose is important from an ethical perspective and how does this choice impact business success?
In 1950, Dr. Meyer Friedman, a cardiologist, noted that the armrests in his waiting room were worn down, especially on the front edges as if the patients were literally “sitting on the edge of their seats.” From this observation, Dr. Friedman and his colleague gathered data and concluded that patients with heart disease tend to be intensively driven, workaholic-type individuals. They labeled people with these characteristics “Type A” personalities. Individuals that were more laid back and relaxed were labeled as “Type B.”
Take the following personality test to determine if you lean toward a Type A or Type B personality. Discuss and compare your results with your classmates. Do you think there is a strong link between having either of these personality types, stress, and heart disease? Why or why not?
Scott, E. (2017). The Type A personality quiz. Retrieved February 11, 2019, from https://www.verywellmind.com/the-type-a-personality-quiz-3961031?quizResult=4d7398b5
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