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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2003
Examines the working lives of geneticists and journalists to place into perspective what lies behind personal ethics and success. Defines "good work" as productive activity that is valued socially and loved by people engaged in it. Asserts that certain cultural values, social controls, and personal standards are necessary to maintain good work and…
Descriptors: Definitions, Ethics, Individual Development, Relevance (Education)
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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2002
Describes spirituality as occurring when one invests energy in goals beyond the self. Summarizes research on cooperation and challenge and self satisfaction during high school and college. Identifies components of Montessori education contributing to spiritual development, and asserts that educators need to help children develop goals beyond…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Elementary Education, Evolution, Montessori Method
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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 2000
Discusses positive psychology, which focuses on health and well-being utilizing the elements of belief, hope, self-esteem, responsibility, elation, and wisdom as the basis of psychological theory and practice. Describes efforts to change the psychology field, including identifying promising young professionals, establishing monetary prizes, and…
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, Change Strategies, Children, Educational Practices
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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 1999
Suggests that modern civilization isolates teens from real life and creates constraints that can result in psychosocial disorders. Explains that conflict in adolescence is caused by a mismatch between genetically programmed desires and culturally programmed opportunities. Outlines remedial actions that are necessary to make teenagers' lives…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Behavior Development, Behavior Disorders
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Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 1997
Presents flow theory in the context of evolution. Defines the elements of "flow" and contends that flow results in an optimal state of inner harmony which improves one's chance for survival. Identifies consequences of flow for creativity, peak performance, talent development, productivity, self-esteem, and stress reduction. Examines the…
Descriptors: Creativity, Evolution, Individual Development, Self Actualization
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Larson, Reed; Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly – NAMTA Journal, 1997
As an outgrowth of the theory of flow, looks at some fine distinctions regarding the adolescent's optimal conditions for growth. Points to the importance of the adolescent's ability to reinterpret conflicts which crop up in raw experience, to overcome psychic entropy with long-term challenges or "life themes," and to find new meaning and…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Developmental Tasks, Individual Development