Saturday, September 14, 2019

Den positive psykologis offentlighedshistorie i USA

"Happier? The History of a Cultural Movement that Aspired to Transform America", af Daniel Horowitz. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Denne bog er en udmærket og let kritisk præsentation af positiv psykologis historie og forhistorie, skrevet af en amerikansk kulturhistoriker. Jeg talte tilfældigvis med ham og hans kone, nogle pæne og lidt betuttede ældre mennesker, i Orlando, Florida til konferencen i International Positive Psychology Association i 2015.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Intrinsic and extrinsic competition

Distinguishing between intrinsic and extrinsic competition may be a key to avoiding the soul-crushing effects of highly competitive sports and finding ways for people to enjoy physical activity for "its own sake." 

"Do you play sports to win or just for fun?" This is a question sports lovers often have to suffer. A sensible answer is "Both. Why would they be opposites?" Well, obviously, because people who are really keen on winning often seem to miss out on having fun. Doing sports or playing games only to win seems like a lot of work. Yet, all sports lovers know that the real fun lies in investing yourself 100% in the game, and that means--quite often--going for the win.