Concentration

Religious practices and rites have at the end perhaps no other effect than that which was discovered by the FLOW–specialists: those chess players, mountain climbers, marathon runners, painters or permanent sex-addicted: heavy adrenaline output, epinephrine / endorphins – or described less chemically: satisfaction with themselves and their own performance, a psychological satisfaction, to have overcome those miserable times of common passivity…

A long time ago, the Canadian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi succeeded to write a world bestseller with his book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”  (has been reviewed in innumerable print magazines and websites). Csikszentmihalyi directed the attention of the reading public on the issue of concentration techniques. The German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk now takes the same approach and weaves it into the carpet of his philosophical and personal characteristic vocabulary. Religion in this context also be considered with, is very creative and clever.  Because religious practices have at the end perhaps no other effect than that which was discovered by the FLOW – specialists: those chess players, mountain climbers, marathon runners, painters or permanent sex-addicted: heavy adrenaline output, endorphins – or described less chemically: satisfaction with themselves and their own performance, a psychological satisfaction, to have overcome those miserable times of common passivity. It is common (and not incorrectly) that philosophers often look very critically at religious exercises  and call it a temporary slippage of some religious followers in an embarrassing self-dissolution. Overall Sloterdijk has once again fabricated a good book, because here one of the most important and useful topics of our time is discussed. By the way, it would have been better to print black on white only 70 pages, not 700! Exercises may be short.  Then they usually are even better.

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Nachdem vor langer Zeit der kanadische Psychologe Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi mit seinem Buch “Flow: Das Geheimnis des Glücks” einen Weltbestseller landete (der auch in unzähligen deutschen Print-Magazinen rezensiert wurde), ist die Aufmerksamkeit des lesenden Publikums auf das Thema Konzentrations-Techniken gelenkt worden. Sloterdijk nimmt nun den gleichen Denkansatz und webt ihn in den Teppich seines philosophischen und personen-typischen Vokabulars ein. Religion in diesem Zusammenhang ebenfalls mit zu betrachten, ist sehr kreativ und gescheit. Denn religiöse Übungen haben am Ende vielleicht keinen weiteren Effekt als denjenigen, den die FLOW-Schachspieler, -Bergsteiger, Marathon-Läufer, Maler oder Dauer-Erotiker ebenfalls bei sich entdeckten: Adrenalin-Ausstoß, Glückshormone – oder weniger chemisch: Zufriedenheit mit sich selbst und der eigenen Leistung, Genugtuung, jene zeittypische elende Passivität überwunden zu haben.

German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk reading fr...

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Es ist üblich (und auch nicht falsch), dass Philosophen religiöse Übungen besonders kritisch sehen und das zeitweilige Abrutschen mancher Glaubensanhänger in eine peinliche Selbstauflösung ungeschminkt beim Namen nennen. Insgesamt gesehen hat Sloterdijk wieder einmal ein interessantes Buch fabriziert, weil er hier eines der wichtigsten und sinnvollsten Themen unserer Gegenwart tiefgrabend darlegt. Noch schöner wäre es gewesen, wenn er dazu statt 700 Seiten nur 70 benötigt hätte. Übungen dürfen auch kurz sein. Dann wirken sie meist noch besser.

frizztext (book review) about the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk for amazon.de
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a man and a woman training for free climbing in Berlin-Friedrichshain, Cassiopeia Park. embedded music: my friend on vibraphone, me on guitar – the same on my daily blog wordpress
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7 responses to “Concentration

  1. Is that picture of you giving the scholarly book review? Brilliant. Csikszentmihalyi wrote an easy to read and understand book. I actually read it and appreciated the perspectives.
    Elizabeth

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  2. no Eliz, that’s not me, the man breeding on his book, that’s the author of the book himself, the famous German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk. If you want to discover my facial landscape look below:
    tribute to Rembrandt, 1650

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  3. hi frizz
    du siehst aus wie der mann mit dem goldhelm, der lange zeit rembrandt zugeschrieben wurde
    :-)) wolfgang

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  4. ja, Rembrandt versuchte damals romantisierend ein Foto nachzumalen, das meine Frau von mir gemacht hatte!

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