The Evolving Self

  • by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this wise, humane inquiry, Csikszentmihalyi (Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience) argues that genetically programmed behaviors that once helped humans adapt and multiply now threaten our survival. These traits include obsessions with food and sex, addiction to pleasure, excessive rationality, and a tendency to focus on the negative. A University of Chicago psychology professor, the author also believes we must free our minds of cultural illusions, such as ethnocentric superiority or identification with one's possessions. He urges listeners to find ways to reduce the oppression, exploitation, and inequality that are woven into the fabric of society. Further, he wants us to control the direction of human evolution by pursuing challenging activities that lead to greater complexity while opposing chaos and conformity.
Each chapter concludes with self-help questions and mental exercises designed to help listeners apply the insights of this literate manifesto to their daily lives.

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Highly thought provoking

Highly thought provoking is about the best description one could give. The book poses a large number of self questioning and realisations Foy the reader to explore ... the ultimate path is and benefit is based on optional effort.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-01-2016
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC