Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.
Author: Jürgen Backhaus
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2011-06-14
Genre: Business & Economics
Physiocracy, or the economic theory that a nation’s wealth comes from is agricultural and land development, was a popular school of thought in France in the 18th century. The contribution and significance of the Physiocrats and Antiphysiocrats are explored in detail through chapter contributions by economists, philosophers, and social historians. The book concludes that neither the Physiocrats, nor the Antiphysiocrats were pure profit maximizers and that they all had the well-being of the commonwealth in mind. It brings to light previous studies only conducted in German and is the first analysis of Pfeiffer in a century, making the book of interest to any student or scholar of political economy and the history of economic thought. The contribution and significance of the Physiocrats and Antiphysiocrats are explored in detail through chapter contributions by economists, philosophers, and social historians. It brings to light previous studies only conducted in German and is the first analysis of Pfeiffer in a century, making the book of interest to any student or scholar of political economy and the history of economic thought.
This text comprises one instance of Freud’s re-evaluation of some of the fundamental issues of psychoanalysis. An astoundingly comprehensive text, Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety is a prime example of Freud’s constant evaluation of psychoanalytical theory which rightly earned him his title of the father of psychoanalysis. In an attempt to augment his earlier postulations on anxiety, this text sets fourth an amended commentary that theorises the existence of several types of anxiety, as well as arguing that repression does not cause anxiety but rather vice versa. Hailed as the founding father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist whose work is fundamental to modern psychoanalytical theory. This text was originally published in 1926 and is now republished with a biography of the author.
After some decades of work a satisfactory theory of quantum gravity is still not available; moreover, there are indications that the original field theoretical approach may be better suited than originally expected. There, to first approximation, one is left with the problem of quantum field theory on Lorentzian manifolds. Surprisingly, this seemingly modest approach leads to far reaching conceptual and mathematical problems and to spectacular predictions, the most famous one being the Hawking radiation of black holes. Ingredients of this approach are the formulation of quantum physics in terms of C*-algebras, the geometry of Lorentzian manifolds, in particular their causal structure, and linear hyperbolic differential equations where the well-posedness of the Cauchy problem plays a distinguished role, as well as more recently the insights from suitable concepts such as microlocal analysis. This primer is an outgrowth of a compact course given by the editors and contributing authors to an audience of advanced graduate students and young researchers in the field, and assumes working knowledge of differential geometry and functional analysis on the part of the reader.
Author: Marie Force
Release Date: 2015-11-03
The new Green Mountain Romance from the New York Times bestselling author of And I Love Her. Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there’s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about is the love she feels. It’s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He’d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother’s beloved dog died and his brother’s widow re-married. Since then, he’s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around. Gavin knows it wouldn’t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?
Author: Alfred Andersch
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Release Date: 1994
A novella relating an incident from the author's youth in 1920s Munich describes how his life as a student ended due to the actions of his school's headmaster, who was also coincidentally the father of Heinrich Himmler
Author: Gabriel Morris
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release Date: 2012-03-06
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Note: The focus of this book is not on how to awaken the kundalini energy. The book is intended to educate the reader about the role of kundalini, the life force energy within us all (even if you haven't experienced a full awakening), provide helpful tips and suggestions for those undergoing challenging kundalini symptoms, and explore the spiritual path and awakening process in general. "In essence, kundalini is simply energy. Specifically, it is spiritual energy which resides in every human being. Kundalini means literally 'coiled serpent'. Figuratively speaking the coiled serpent represents a reservoir of spiritual energy that lies at the base of the spine in the root chakra, coiled up because in most people it is latent or potential spiritual energy, which the person is for the most part unaware of. Through yogic or other spiritual practices this energy can be awakened in an individual, in which case the energy begins flowing upwards from the root chakra through all the chakras along the spinal column, invigorating and cleansing them; and finally culminating in unification with the uppermost crown chakra at the top of the head."From "Kundalini and the Power of Awakening" In the fall of 1994 at the age of 22, Gabriel Morris spontaneously underwent something known as a "kundalini awakening" while meditating one evening. He experienced a sudden rush of energy rise up his spine that exploded into his mind, leaving him reeling and wondering what had just happened. But that wasn't the end of the experience. Far from it. Over the next several days he found himself engulfed in an intense onslaught of inner symptoms: bright lights flashing before his eyes, electric shocks throughout his body, a burning sensation at the base of his spine, and much more. Although he had been practicing yoga and meditation for two years, he was unfamiliar with the term "kundalini" and had no idea what had just occurred. As the challenging symptoms persisted, this led him on a quest to discover what had taken place, how to find balance with these overwhelming inner energies and where this profound spiritual experience was taking him. Eventually he wrote a book that chronicled in detail both his experience of kundalini awakening, and his cross-country hitchhiking adventures at the time: "Kundalini and the Art of Being". He also wrote a short essay encapsulating more briefly his experience and understanding of kundalini energy titled "What is Kundalini?", published on Spiritvoyage.com and in the Sedona Journal of Emergence (August 2010). Later he continued where that essay left off, which turned into "Kundalini and the Power of Awakening: An Exploration of Kundalini Energy, Kundalini Awakening and the Spiritual Quest". (The essay "What is Kundalini?" is Chapter 1 of the book). "Kundalini and the Power of Awakening" compiles many of the powerful lessons learned by Gabriel Morris in his more than 20 years on a spiritual path to understand the nature of reality and the potential of his own mind, body and soul. It includes descriptions of his own personal experiences, discussions of the spiritual quest and the nature of consciousness, suggestions for those experiencing kundalini rising and other spiritual awakenings, and much more.
Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2015-04-20
Genre: Business & Economics
In the face of rising inequality in America, Joseph E. Stiglitz charts a path toward real recovery and a more equal society. A singular voice of reason in an era defined by bitter politics and economic uncertainty, Joseph E. Stiglitz has time and again diagnosed America’s greatest economic challenges, from the Great Recession and its feeble recovery to the yawning gap between the rich and the poor. The Great Divide gathers his most provocative reflections to date on the subject of inequality. As Stiglitz ably argues, a healthy economy and a fairer democracy are within our grasp if we can put aside misguided interests and ideologies and abandon failed policies. Opening with the essay that gave the Occupy Movement its slogan, “We are the 99%,” later essays in The Great Divide reveal equality of opportunity as a national myth, show that today’s outsized inequality is a matter of choice, and explain reforms that would spur higher growth, more opportunity, and greater equality.
Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2015-11-02
Genre: Business & Economics
It’s time to rewrite the rules—to curb the runaway flow of wealth to the top one percent, to restore security and opportunity for the middle class, and to foster stronger growth rooted in broadly shared prosperity. Inequality is a choice. The United States bills itself as the land of opportunity, a place where anyone can achieve success and a better life through hard work and determination. But the facts tell a different story—the U.S. today lags behind most other developed nations in measures of inequality and economic mobility. For decades, wages have stagnated for the majority of workers while economic gains have disproportionately gone to the top one percent. Education, housing, and health care—essential ingredients for individual success—are growing ever more expensive. Deeply rooted structural discrimination continues to hold down women and people of color, and more than one-fifth of all American children now live in poverty. These trends are on track to become even worse in the future. Some economists claim that today’s bleak conditions are inevitable consequences of market outcomes, globalization, and technological progress. If we want greater equality, they argue, we have to sacrifice growth. This is simply not true. American inequality is the result of misguided structural rules that actually constrict economic growth. We have stripped away worker protections and family support systems, created a tax system that rewards short-term gains over long-term investment, offered a de facto public safety net to too-big-to-fail financial institutions, and chosen monetary and fiscal policies that promote wealth over full employment.