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

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By Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Isabella Selega Csikszentmihalyi

A lifestyles worthy Living brings jointly the most recent idea on confident Psychology from a world solid of students. It comprises historic, philosophical, and empirical studies of what psychologists have came across to topic for private happiness and overall healthiness. The contributions to this quantity agree on priciples of optimum improvement that commence from merely fabric and egocentric issues, yet then result in ever broader circles of accountability embracing the ambitions of others and the health and wellbeing of our surroundings; at the value of spirituality; at the improvement of strengths particular to the person.

instead of fabric good fortune, recognition, or strength, the investigations said during this quantity recommend that in my opinion developed pursuits, intrinsic motivation, and a feeling of autonomy are even more very important. The chapters point out that hassle and ache don't inevitably make us unsatisfied, and so they recommend therapeutical implications for making improvements to the standard of lifestyles. particular themes coated contain the formation of optimum formative years values and behavior in addition to a brand new point of view on aging.

This quantity presents a robust counterpoint to a mistakenly reductionist psychology. They exhibit that subjective event may be studied scientifically and measured adequately. They spotlight the potentiality for autonomy and freedom that's one of the most useful components of the human . furthermore, they make a powerful case for the significance of subjective phenomena, which regularly impact happiness greater than exterior, fabric conditions.

After lengthy many years in which psychologists looked as if it would have forgotten that distress isn't the basically alternative, the blossoming of confident Psychology provides a greater figuring out of what a full of life, significant lifestyles might encompass.

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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).

Human life has a nonutilitarian, romantic aspect too. Nineteenth-century German philosophy, particularly the work of Wilhelm von Humboldt (1827), played a crucial role in Mill’s questioning of the principles of utilitarianism. Humboldt’s vision of human personality, which has become the cornerstone of knowledge-based but liberal educational systems, presented the cultivation of personality and a refining of individuality as a self-sufficient goal in itself. Under the impact of these German Romantic ideas, the cultivation of individuality, personality, and their enrichment became self-sufficient goals for Mill.

Unanticipated entries in my classification of the real psychological disorders have substantive meanings and imply that the scheme is not just post hoc. Third, although I describe the disorders with nouns, as if they were properties of the individual, this is just shorthand. These disorders—like the strengths from which they were deduced—are evident in an individual’s behavior: thoughts, feelings, and actions. They are traitlike individual differences. 2. Classification of Psychological Disorders Strength Absence Opposite Exaggeration Disorders of Wisdom and Knowledge Creativity Curiosity/Interest Conformity Disinterest Triteness Boredom Judgment/Critical thinking Love of learning Perspective Unreflectiveness Gullibility Eccentricity Morbid curiosity/ Nosiness Cynicism Complacency Shallowness Orthodoxy Foolishness Know-it-all-ism None* Disorders of Courage Bravery Persistence Authenticity/Honesty Vitality Fright/Chicken Little-ism Laziness Phoniness Restraint Cowardice Foolhardiness Helplessness Deceipt Lifelessness Obsessiveness Righteousness Hyperactivity Disorders of Love Intimacy Isolation/Autism Kindness Indifference Social intelligence Obtuseness/ Cluelessness Citizenship Fairness Leadership Selfishness Partisanship Compliance Loneliness/Avoidance of commitment Cruelty/Meanspiritedness Self-deception Emotional promiscuity Intrusiveness Psychobabble Disorders of Justice Narcissism Prejudice Disruptiveness/ Sabotage Chauvinism Detachment Despotism Disorders of Temperance Forgiveness/Mercy Humility/Modesty Prudence Mercilessness Footless Self-esteem Sensation seeking Vengefulness Arrogance Recklessness Self-regulation Self-indulgence Impulsivity Permissiveness Self-deprecation Prudishness/ Stuffiness Inhibition Disorders of Transcendence Appreciation of beauty/Excellence Gratitude Hope Humor Spirituality Oblivion Schadenfreude-ism Snobbery Rugged individualism Present orientation Humorlessness Anomie Entitlement Pessimism/Despair Dourness Alienation Ingratiation Pollyannaism Buffoonery Fanaticism *I am willing to be convinced otherwise, but I think it is impossible to have too much perspective.

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