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Things to know What are some of the defining characteristics of existentialism? What is existential anxiety? Bad faith? Problems with bad faith? Talom’s 4 concerns Death o Being and non-being o What do near death experiences lead to? Freedom o Problems with freedom o Was this always a problem? o Ways to overcome this dilemma Existential isolation o I-sharing Meaning in life o Why is it important Csikszentmihalyi Flow o Accompanied by Clear goals Increased concentrations and focus Decreased self awareness Distorted sense of time Completely engrossed in the experience A more common positive experience o Example: Reading a Book, Video Game, Fighting Task shouldn’t be too easy or difficult o Too easy, boredom o Too hard, frustration Existentialism Difficult to define o Being, choice, freedom, death, isolation, absurdity Related to word existence Means “to stand out” or “to emerge” Each person is alone People must take responsibility for the choices they make
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ENGL 231 taught by Professor Ezell during the Fall '09 term at Texas A&M.

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