Posted by Joseph Knippenberg
Go to Claremont and study this. I wish that my old friend Mike DeBow would find a way of getting his recent article on happiness studies (eventually archived here) on-line.
I cant help noting that Csikszentmihalyi, a pure Hungarian name if there ever was one, is "is one of two founders of Positive Psychology." The world remains complex.
Wait a minute, isnt this social science???
Well, to maintain symmetry, well need a Ph.D. program in Sadness studies as well (no, not pression...sadness... theres enough of a difference to build many a fine career). And then, of course, theres the Ph.D in Melancholy...and a few others I can think of.
I meant depression, of course.
What I really want to know is whether everyone will be required to read the appropriate classical sources on this topic.
Honestly, Joe, I cant think of a more cogent symbol/symptom of our navel-gazing era. We need a Ph.D. in Civic Virtues, not one on how to be happy...a whole population pursuing happiness (in terms of self-fulfillment) leads to one great big UNHAPPY.
Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.
The name of the program is unfortunate, but the basic insight is correct: Psychology focuses too much on the sick and the abnormal. It should pay more attention to genuine mental health, as opposed to mental illness and dysfunction.
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