The Real vs. Theoretical Self: How to Stop Getting Drunk on Other People’s Visions for You
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The Real vs. Theoretical Self: How to Stop Getting Drunk on Other People’s Visions for You

“To be mature you have to realize what you value most.  It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity.  They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them.  They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of … Continue reading

The Vita Activa & the Vita Contemplativa: 2 Paths to a Fulfilling Life
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The Vita Activa & the Vita Contemplativa: 2 Paths to a Fulfilling Life

According to brilliant psychologist and pioneer of the positive psychology movement Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the key to a leading a fulfilling life is striking a balance between action and contemplation: “Inner conflict is the result of competing claims on attention.  Too many desires, too many incompatible goals struggle to marshal psychic energy toward their own ends.  It … Continue reading