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Don’t worry, be...?

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.

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I can’t 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, isn’t this social science???

Well, to maintain symmetry, we’ll need a Ph.D. program in Sadness studies as well (no, not pression...sadness... there’s enough of a difference to build many a fine career). And then, of course, there’s 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 can’t 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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