Download The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi PDF

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The writer of stream demonstrates how, with a systematic base to morality, we will go beyond cultural and evolutionary programming and turn into extra advanced, built-in contributors, operating for the typical stable. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. journey.

Show description

Read or Download The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium PDF

Best psychology & counseling books

The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions

The criminal procedure calls for psychological healthiness execs to supply study summaries to help their reviews in baby custody circumstances. Contributions from major developmental researchers, attorneys, and clinicians describe how medical proof is correctly utilized in courtroom. well timed and present, this ebook is helping evaluators entry the easiest details to satisfy their duties to their consumers and the courtroom.

Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment, 4 Volume Set

Dr. Hersen has amassed during this exceptional 4-volume paintings the best resaerchers and clinicians in mental overview. This groundbreaking reference offers crucial details at the 4 significant sessions of mental evaluate tools, together with intelligence/neuropsychological, character (both goal and projective), behavioral, and industrial/organizational.

Extra info for The Evolving Self: A Psychology for the Third Millennium

Sample text

Y e t few people would willingly work m o r e and have less free, leisure time. " Generally unnoticed is the fact that the work we want to avoid is actually m o r e satisfying than the free time we try to get m o r e of. T h e r e is a reasonable evolutionary explanation for this condition, too. If we could be contented just sitting by ourselves and thinking pleasant thoughts, w h o would be out chasing the saber-toothed tiger? Or driving t w o hours on the congested expressway to work? It is probably better that we need ordered external input to keep the 34 T H E E V O L V I N G SELF mind in order; this way we ensure some congruence between objective and subjective reality.

Monkeys addicted to heroin will work till they die of exhaustion to get another fix. Similar behavior on the streets of our cities shows h o w easily the brain succumbs to pleasure. Pleasure, according to current understandings of evolution, is an experience felt when one does something that in the past had been 44 T H E E V O L V I N G SELF useful for survival. It is the result of a chemical stimulation of the appropriate neural receptors, usually by substances that the organism has needed for optimal functioning.

A somewhat similar vision of the human condition underlies the story of Goethe's Faust. Getting along in years, the scholar Faust is disillusioned with what he has accomplished in his life. He is tired of philosophy, he is disgusted at the weakness of the body, he snarls at the pursuit of fame, at money, at sex, leisure, wine, and song—he even despises hope and faith. Y e t he admits that he feels "the pain of life, earth's narrow way. " At this point the devil himself appears in the form of Mephistopheles and offers his services to Faust.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.65 of 5 – based on 34 votes