A Life Worth Living: Contributions to Positive Psychology by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Isabella Selega Csikszentmihalyi

By Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Isabella Selega Csikszentmihalyi

A lifestyles worthy Living brings jointly the most recent suggestion on confident Psychology from a world forged of students. It comprises ancient, philosophical, and empirical experiences of what psychologists have stumbled on to subject for private happiness and health and wellbeing. The contributions to this quantity agree on priciples of optimum improvement that commence from merely fabric and egocentric matters, yet then result in ever broader circles of accountability embracing the pursuits of others and the health of our surroundings; at the value of spirituality; at the improvement of strengths particular to the person.

instead of fabric luck, acceptance, or energy, the investigations suggested during this quantity recommend that in my view developed objectives, intrinsic motivation, and a feeling of autonomy are even more very important. The chapters point out that problem and anguish don't unavoidably make us unsatisfied, and so they recommend therapeutical implications for bettering the standard of existence. particular issues lined comprise the formation of optimum adolescence values and conduct in addition to a brand new standpoint on aging.

This quantity offers a strong counterpoint to a mistakenly reductionist psychology. They express that subjective event might be studied scientifically and measured safely. They spotlight the potentiality for autonomy and freedom that's one of the most useful components of the human . in addition, they make a resounding case for the significance of subjective phenomena, which frequently have an effect on happiness greater than exterior, fabric conditions.

After lengthy a long time within which psychologists looked as if it would have forgotten that distress isn't the simply choice, the blossoming of confident Psychology grants a greater knowing of what a full of life, significant existence could include.

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This unified personality is the joint interface, we would say today, that makes any investigation of mental phenomena sensible and explainable. Personality, which for John Stuart Mill was a factor to be cultivated on moral grounds, in the approach proposed by Stern became an integrating factor of an all-inclusive human science. This approach had its followers later on: Most notably, Gordon Allport (1968) emphasized specifically the influence of Stern in shaping his person-centered view of psychology.

This person might simply be solemn and cautious, and Prozac should not be prescribed to counteract what may really be strengths of character. Finally, my classification is not exhaustive. Remember that the starting point was ubiquitous virtues and the strengths that contribute to them. There is no shortage of problematic ways of behaving that lack universality, and the existence of more culture-bound disorders does not detract from the utility of this classification as a broadly applicable scheme.

Essentially, that was a desire to attribute an independent meaningful globality to personality, like in his pioneering case study of Helen Keller (Stern, 1905). The individual-centered approach was present not only in the ambitious theoretical projects of Stern (1938) but also in his practical dealings: For him, intelligence testing also was an issue of idiosyncratic profiles. He believed that no two persons with the same IQ can actually have the same underlying profile when engaged in the same performance (see a modern analysis of this attitude in Smith, 1997).

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