autotelic


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au·to·te·lic

(aw'tō-tel'ik),
Denoting those traits closely associated with the central purposes of an individual.
[auto- + G. telos, end, completeness, purpose]

autotelic

(ot″ŏ-tel′ik) [ auto- + Gr. telikos, pert. to a goal]
Intrinsically meaningful; self-directed; not dependent on other people or things for value, purpose, or reward.
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The idea is that those people with autotelic personalities may be better suited, in a psychological sense, to experience flow.
But even everyday activities can become autotelic when you have a clear, motivating goal in mind.
But Baldwin stops Cyril here, interrupting his friend's objection and clarifying his unexpected alignment of ethical living and autotelic art.
The characteristic feature of multicultural city is an absolute awareness of cultural diversity shared by its residents, the acceptance for this diversity and appreciating its autotelic values, rational management of cultural diversity, taking it into consideration in the practice of community life so as to use it in order to increase economic, social and cultural capital of the community.
Autotelic experience: In order to measure the disposition to the autotelic experience in exercise, the Spanish version (Gonzalez-Cutre et al.
What is problematic is the Autotelic nature of this organization.
She realizes that the banality of public disaster requires massaging to make it palatable as poetry, and that a poem has to remain autotelic even as it critiques the world outside itself.
After implying that a literary text, not just its meaning, is imputed by the act of interpretation, and the notions of autotelic text and core meaning are positivist fallacies, Theory maintained a studied silence when confronted with statements by critics like Barbara Hermstein Smith, who claimed that each generation of Shakespeare readers confronts "Shakespeare's" texts of its own creation (1988).
Play can be considered a non-utilitarian and autotelic activity that can be either physical or intellectual and when such play becomes more organized we call it games, some contested others not; sport simply builds on contested games (Guttmann 1978).
The books and conference papers on J M Coetzee under review here speculate on what David Attwell ("J M Coetzee and the Idea of Africa", JLS: 67-83) summarises as the two 'positions' in which the author is located in critical responses to his work: one, fictions in which African humanity is under-represented and undervalued; two, fictions less mimetic more autotelic, the discourse referring to other discourses (e.
Rather than conceiving of the pursuit of symmetry in handaxe design as autotelic, I favour the idea that, because symmetry is a difficult property to fake and is perceivably intentional (that is, to happen upon a symmetrical design by chance is unlikely), it is therefore the best advertisement of knapping skill.
The dimensions of flow are (1) focused concentration, (2) merging of activity and awareness, (3) perceived control, (4) transformation of time, (5) transcendence of self, and (6) autotelic experience.