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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “But increasingly the emphasis has been to value behavior over subjective states; what is admired is success, achievement, the quality of performance rather than the quality of experience. Consequently it has become embarrassing to be called a dilettante, even though to be a dilettante is to achieve what counts most – the enjoyment one’s actions provide. It.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “One of the major functions of every culture has been to shield its members from chaos, to reassure them of their importance and ultimate success.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Poets make much of the majestic eagle soaring freely among the snowy peaks. But the eyes of the eagle are generally focused on the ground, searching for rodents lurking in the shadows. The lives of much of humanity could be summed up in similar terms. Let.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “When there are too many demands, options, challenges, we become anxious; when too few, we get bored.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “But consciousness cannot be expanded; all we can do is shuffle its content, which gives us the impression of having broadened it somehow. The price of most artificially induced alterations, however, is that we lose control over that very consciousness we were supposed to expand. Mimicry.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “But a person who forgoes the use of his symbolic skills is never really free. His thinking will be directed by the opinions of his neighbors, by the editorials in the papers, and by the appeals of television. He will be at the mercy of “experts.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The essence of socialization is to make people dependent on social controls, to have them respond predictably to rewards and punishments. And the most effective form of socialization is achieved when people identify so thoroughly with the social order that they no longer can imagine themselves breaking any of its rules.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Information enters consciousness either because we intend to focus attention on it or as a result of attentional habits based on biological or social instructions.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Pleasure helps to maintain order, but by itself cannot create new order in consciousness.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “For each person there are thousands of opportunities, challenges to expand ourselves.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Part of the answer probably has to do with innate genetic causes.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “But the point is still valid: human relations are malleable, and if a person has the appropriate skills their rules can be transformed. But.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Teenagers, who swing from one threat to their fragile evolving personhood to another in quick succession throughout the day, especially depend on the soothing patterns of sound to restore order in their consciousness. But so do many adults. One.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Leisure that uses up external resources, however, often requires less attention, and as a consequence it generally provides less memorable rewards.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “This paradox of rising expectations suggests that improving the quality of life might be an insurmountable task. In fact, there is no inherent problem in our desire to escalate our goals, as long as we enjoy the struggle along the way. The.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Purpose gives direction to one’s efforts, but it does not necessarily make life easier. Goals can lead into all sorts of trouble, at which point one gets tempted to give them up and find some less demanding script by which to order one’s actions. The price one pays for changing goals whenever opposition threatens is that while one may achieve a more pleasant and comfortable life, it is likely that it will end up empty and void of meaning.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The “battle” is not really against the self, but against the entropy that brings disorder to consciousness. It is really a battle for the self; it is a struggle for establishing control over attention.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The meaning of life is meaning: whatever it is, wherever it comes from, a unified purpose is what gives meaning to life. The.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The strategy consists in extracting from the order achieved by past generations patterns that will help avoid disorder in one’s own mind. There is much knowledge – or well-ordered information – accumulated in culture, ready for this use. Great music, architecture, art, poetry, drama, dance, philosophy, and religion are there for anyone to see as examples of how harmony can be imposed on chaos. Yet so many people ignore them, expecting to create meaning in their lives by their own devices.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “To improve life one must improve the quality of experience.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Over a lifetime of seventy years, and counting sixteen hours of waking time each day, this amounts to about 185 billion bits of information. It is out of this total that everything in our life must come – every thought, memory, feeling, or action. It seems like a huge amount, but in reality it does not go that far.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “In John Fletcher’s words, “Those have most power to hurt us that we love.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “But even when there is nothing else pressing occupying their minds, most people fall far below the peak capacity for processing information. In the roughly one-third of the day that is free of obligations, in their precious “leisure” time, most people in fact seem to use their minds as little as possible.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Work not only transforms the environment by building bridges across rivers and cultivating barren plains; it also transforms the worker from an animal guided by instincts into a conscious, goal-directed, skillful person.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Unfortunately, too many adults feel that once they have hit twenty or thirty – or certainly forty – they are entitled to relax in whatever habitual grooves they have established.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “In the roughly one-third of the day that is free of obligations, in their precious “leisure” time, most people in fact seem to use their minds as little as possible. The largest part of free time – almost half of it for American adults – is spent in front of the television set. The.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “One can survive solitude, but only if one finds ways of ordering attention that will prevent entropy from destructuring the mind.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. They.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “An open stance makes it possible for a person to be objective, to be aware of alternative possibilities, to feel a part of the surrounding world.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Although average Americans have plenty of free time, and ample access to leisure activities, they do not, as a result, experience flow often. Potentiality does not imply actuality, and quantity does not translate into quality.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “But it seems clear that an increasing majority are not being helped by traditional religions and belief systems. Many are unable to separate the truth in the old doctrines from the distortions and degradations that time has added, and since they cannot accept error, they reject the truth as well. Others are so desperate for some order that they cling rigidly to whatever belief happens to be at hand – warts and all – and become fundamentalist Christians, or Muslims, or communists.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “A true friend is someone we can occasionally be crazy with, someone who does not expect us to be always true to form. It is someone who shares our goal of self-realization, and therefore is willing to share the risks that any increase in complexity entails.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “When a person’s psychic energy coalesces into a life theme, consciousness achieves harmony.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “As long as a significant segment of society has few opportunities to encounter meaningful challenges, and few chances to develop the skills necessary to benefit from them, we must expect that violence and crime will attract those who cannot find their way to more complex autotelic experiences.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The same effect can be achieved in different ways, either through perfecting a severe mental discipline as in Yoga or through cultivating constant spontaneity as in Zen. But the intended result is identical: to free inner life from the threat of chaos, on the one hand, and from the rigid conditioning of biological urges, on the other, and hence to become independent from the social controls that exploit both.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “A self that is only differentiated – not integrated – may attain great individual accomplishments, but risks being mired in self-centered egotism. By the same token, a person whose self is based exclusively on integration will be connected and secure, but lack autonomous individuality. Only when a person invests equal amounts of psychic energy in these two processes and avoids both selfishness and conformity is the self likely to reflect complexity.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Another universally enjoyable activity is being with other people. Socializing might at first sight appear to be an exception to the statement that one needs to use skills to enjoy an activity, for it does not seem that gossiping or joking around with another person requires particular abilities. But of course, it does; as so many shy people know, if a person feels self-conscious, he or she will dread establishing informal contacts, and avoid company whenever possible.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “If a person is unwilling to adjust personal goals when starting a relationship, then a lot of what subsequently happens in that relationship will produce disorder in the person’s consciousness, because novel patterns of interaction will conflict with old patterns of expectation.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is within each person’s power to decide whether its order will be restored from the outside, in ways over which we have no control, or whether the order will be the result of an internal pattern that grows organically from our skills and knowledge.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Pleasure is an important component of the quality of life, but by itself it does not bring happiness.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Yet, the elders said, at times the world became too predictable and the challenge began to go out of life. Without challenge, life had no meaning.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Without interest in the world, a desire to be actively related to it, a person becomes isolated into himself.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Ideally, the end of extrinsically applied education should be the start of an education that is motivated intrinsically.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “It is for this reason that pleasure is so evanescent, and that the self does not grow as a consequence of pleasurable experiences. Complexity requires investing psychic energy in goals that are new, that are relatively challenging.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “These are the terms amateur and dilettante. Nowadays these labels are slightly derogatory. An amateur or a dilettante is someone not quite up to par, a person not to be taken very seriously, one whose performance falls short of professional standards. But originally, “amateur,” from the Latin verb amare, “to love,” referred to a person who loved what he was doing. Similarly a “dilettante,” from the Latin delectare, “to find delight in,” was someone who enjoyed a given activity.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Unfortunately, this natural connection between growth and enjoyment tends to disappear with time. Perhaps because “learning” becomes an external imposition when schooling starts, the excitement of mastering new skills gradually wears out. It becomes all too easy to settle down within the narrow boundaries of the self developed in adolescence.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “How can it help a person learn to rid himself of anxieties and fears and thus become free of the controls of society, whose rewards he can now take or leave? As suggested before, the way is through control over consciousness, which in turn leads to control over the quality of experience.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “In normal life, we keep interrupting what we do with doubts and questions. “Why am I doing this? Should I perhaps be doing something else?” Repeatedly we question the necessity of our actions, and evaluate critically the reasons for carrying them out. But in flow there is no need to reflect, because the action carries us forward as if by magic.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Quote: “Being in control of the mind means that literally anything that happens can be a source of joy. Feeling a breeze on a hot day, seeing a cloud reflected on the glass facade of a high-rise, working on a business deal, watching a child play with a puppy, drinking a glass of water can all be felt as deeply satisfying experiences that enrich one’s life.”
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