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The Autotelic Personality

An autotelic activity is one we do for its own sake because to experience it is the main goal. Applied to personality, autotelic denotes an individual who generally does things for their own sake, rather than in order to achieve some later external goal.

An autotelic person needs few material possessions and little entertainment, comfort, power, or fame because so much of what he or she does is already rewarding.

Time stress has become one of the most popular complaints of the day. But more often than not, it is an excuse for not taking control of our lives.

From Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Funny how just watching other people knit brings me peace. (And then frustration because I am not currently knitting with them! :))
That last part reminds me of something my mom used to tell me in college when I complained about how over-worked and stressed out I was. She'd always say "We all have 24 hours in a day." It would irritate me to hear it, but later I realized she was right.

That's so right! It is ALL about making choices! Spend time watching tv v. spend time reading a book, playing a game with our kids, or rewarding ourselves by playing with pretty yarn - it's all a matter of choice.

Yes yes and yes again. YOU are speaking to ME in this because just this morning I whined about being unbalanced. ROFL Course, there's nothing like complaining about being unbalanced that helps you get control again. :) Thank you.

VERY good food for thought!

There's a lot of truth in that statement about time stress. About time I started taking charge :)Still digesting the autotelic personality bit.

Thanks for sharing that. :)

Interesting! Would you classify yourself as having such a personality?