Quotes by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.


A person who forgoes the use of his symbolic skills is never really free.


A self that is only differentiated - not integrated - may attain great individual accomplishments, but risks being mired in self-centered egotism. By the same token, a person who self is based exclusively on integration will be well connected and secure, but lack autonomous individuality. Only when a person invests equal amounts of psychic energy in these two processes and avoids both selfishness and conformity is the self likely to relect complexity.


As long as we respond predictably to what feels good and what feels bad, it is easy for others to exploit our preferences for their own ends.


Entropy is the normal state of consciousness - a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable.


It does not seem to be true that work necessarily needs to be unpleasant. It may always have to be hard, or at least harder than doing nothing at all. But there is ample evidence that work can be enjoyable, and that indeed, it is often the most enjoyable part of life.


It is how people respond to stress that determines whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable.


People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.


People without an internalized symbolic system can all too easily become captives of the media.


Pleasure is an important component of the quality of life, but by itself it does not bring happiness. Pleasure helps to maintain order, but by itself cannot create a new order in consciousness.