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# 37 - Find Meaning In Your Life

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Episode 37 - In this episode which follows # 35 and which is based on the same book, I discuss the thorny subject of "the meaning of life".


I retrace the reflection offered by the author to try to see more clearly in our own quest for meaning, which involves the study of this sentence and the discovery of the 3 words that seem to summarize it.

I also detail a psychologist-acclaimed model that breaks this quest down into 4 steps and I reflect out loud about my own situation in all of this.

Hoping it can help you on your side,

Good listening ! 😃


The book :
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi - Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience 

 

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3 Réponses

Michael

Michael

August 02

Good morning or good evening,

another excellent episode, your podcast is awesome so don't stop above all else :), I love hearing you talk to your microphone and the interviews are also “stylish”.
This episode and its content make me think back to a film (I hesitate between the return of the living dead 3 and Candyman, it is perhaps another of the same kind) in which one of the characters, a very enlightened tramp for the suddenly said “we all have something within us, the important thing is to get it out” as well as a sentence read in a book “to know what we want and do everything to get it” . Is this really the recipe for happiness?

This leads, when we think about it, to ask the question of the determinism of the universe in general and the destiny of individuals in particular as you did with Elio, because if we MUST realize our destiny: to be only happy ? Happiness would be a kind of “currency” of the universe that we receive without realizing it when we follow HIS own line, that is to say the one that would have been assigned / attributed to us, and therefore to do you really have a choice? Do we condemn ourselves to a life of misfortune if we don't follow the scenario? In the terrible hell of religions?

I invite people who will read this, so I hope Mr Flag himself, to think about it, is there any moment when you felt depressed, without any desire or motivation, to get bored trying to do one thing after another while counting back into the flow to make you realize that no, that is still not it?
Could this be what we feel when we deviate from our “rails”? Could be a good podcast / debate topic :).

Fiona

Fiona

July 03, 2021

Hi Eric,
Just thank you for this podcast. I really liked your summary / analysis of this part of the book.
I find it interesting as the language has an impact in the culture of peoples and the understanding of things. Like the word meaning here which in French loses a lot of “openness” and possibilities, a difference that we find between French culture and American culture.
The word meaning is not the only one to show how the vocabulary impacts culture but the purpose of my comment was above all to thank you and congratulate you for your work.

Looking forward to listening to the next episodes, all good to you

Fiona

(PS Oops comment already posted once but under the wrong episode haha ​​sorry but here it is again)

Marina

Marina

July 03, 2021

Hi Eric!
Very interesting episode - it's cool that you are playing with podcast formats; I really liked that this episode and the 35 were based on a book. It was a very deep / meta / dense episode, which pushed me to even more thinking and questioning. I manage to find meaning in my daily actions, insofar as they all, or most, tend to achieve goals: for example studying to obtain a diploma, etc ... However, finding a great goal in life, a meaning , … This is an other story ". But the more I think about it, the more I realize that it is enriching to be in this process of questioning, research and the like and I almost come to wonder if this quest is not an end in itself?
To touch on another point, I understand that "analysis paralysis" you cite when you're spoiled for choice, and I understand that sometimes it's easier to maintain the status quo - because same here - du suddenly I was wondering, how would you go about changing things?

Thanks for your podcast! Keep up the good work!
Marina

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