By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
A existence worthy residing brings jointly the most recent inspiration on confident Psychology from a world solid of students. It comprises historic, philosophical, and empirical studies of what psychologists have chanced on to subject for private happiness and overall healthiness. The contributions to this quantity agree on priciples of optimum improvement that commence from in simple terms fabric and egocentric matters, yet then bring about ever broader circles of accountability embracing the objectives of others and the wellbeing and fitness of our environment; at the value of spirituality; at the improvement of strengths particular to the person. instead of fabric luck, attractiveness, or strength, the investigations mentioned during this quantity recommend that individually developed objectives, intrinsic motivation, and a feeling of autonomy are even more vital. The chapters point out that complication and affliction don't inevitably make us unsatisfied, and so they recommend therapeutical implications for making improvements to the standard of lifestyles. particular themes lined comprise the formation of optimum early life values and conduct in addition to a brand new point of view on getting older. This quantity presents a robust counterpoint to a mistakenly reductionist psychology. They express that subjective adventure might be studied scientifically and measured properly. They spotlight the potentiality for autonomy and freedom that's one of the Most worthy components of the human . furthermore, they make a resounding case for the significance of subjective phenomena, which regularly impact happiness greater than exterior, fabric stipulations. After lengthy a long time within which psychologists looked as if it would have forgotten that distress isn't the basically choice, the blossoming of optimistic Psychology can provide a greater realizing of what a energetic, significant existence may perhaps encompass.
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1). We hasten to add that there are other positive traits that a positive psychology practitioner might wish to encourage among clients—for example, ambition, autonomy, and patience, to name but a few—and their absence in our classiﬁcation reﬂects only our judgment that these are not as universally valued as the included entries. 1. VIA Classification of Character Strengths 1. Wisdom and Knowledge: Cognitive Strengths That Entail the Acquisition and Use of Knowledge • Creativity: thinking of novel and productive ways to do things; includes artistic achievement but is not limited to it • Curiosity and Interest in the World: taking an interest in all of ongoing experience; ﬁnding all subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering • Judgment and Critical Thinking: thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly • Love of Learning: mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally; obviously related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows • Perspective: being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to self and to other people 2.
A Life Worth Living: Contributions to Positive Psychology (Series in Positive Psychology) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi