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 concept on confident Psychology from a global solid of students. It contains ancient, philosophical, and empirical experiences of what psychologists have chanced on to subject for private happiness and healthiness. The contributions to this quantity agree on priciples of optimum improvement that commence from basically fabric and egocentric issues, yet then result in ever broader circles of accountability embracing the pursuits of others and the health and wellbeing of our environment; at the value of spirituality; at the improvement of strengths particular to the person.

instead of fabric good fortune, recognition, or energy, the investigations mentioned during this quantity recommend that in my view developed pursuits, intrinsic motivation, and a feeling of autonomy are even more very important. The chapters point out that worry and pain don't inevitably make us unsatisfied, they usually recommend therapeutical implications for bettering the standard of lifestyles. particular issues coated contain the formation of optimum adolescence values and behavior in addition to a brand new point of view on aging.

This quantity presents a strong counterpoint to a mistakenly reductionist psychology. They express that subjective adventure will be studied scientifically and measured effectively. They spotlight the potentiality for autonomy and freedom that's one of the most valuable components of the human situation. in addition, they make a resounding case for the significance of subjective phenomena, which frequently impact 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 merely choice, the blossoming of confident Psychology offers a greater realizing of what a full of life, significant existence could include.

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Mill also has some affinity with the theories and educational practices related to cognitive motivation, to the idea that the quest for knowledge for its own sake is not something that should be played down. Mill’s 19th-century thoughts were transformed and became part of an elaborated tradition thanks to the translating mechanisms of early 20th-century professional psychology. One of these is the cult of personality, and the other one is the emphasis on motivation systems that are based on self-actualization.

A. Murchison & E. G. ), A history of psychology in autobiography (Vol. 3). Worcester, MA: Clark University Press. Stern, W. (1938). General psychology from a personalistic standpoint. New York: Philosophical Library. , & Stern, C. (1907). Die Kindersprache. Jena: Fischer. 28 Historical and Theoretical Perspectives 2 The Values in Action (VIA) Classification of Strengths CHRISTOPHER PETERSON The unDSM and the Real DSM The fledgling field of positive psychology calls for as much focus on strength as on weakness, as much interest in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst, and as much concern with fulfilling the lives of healthy people as healing the wounds of the distressed (Seligman, 2002; Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000).

We generated the entries for the VIA Classification by reviewing pertinent literatures that addressed good character—from psychiatry, youth development, character education, religion, philosophy, organizational studies, and of course psychology. From the many candidate strengths identified, we winnowed the list by combining redundancies and applying the following criteria: 1. A strength needs to be manifest in the range of an individual’s behavior— thoughts, feelings, and/or actions—in such a way that it can be assessed.

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