Parent-Child Relations throughout Life

By Karl Pillemer; Kathleen McCartney | Go to book overview

suggests that despite vast differences in the size and content of "domains" or activities (e.g., music, family life, or cultural life) they are all processed through a consciousness that has certain parameters for optimal functioning. When the domains are structured such that the capacity of an individual's attention is conserved -- through actions that are highly practiced and automatic, and where the domain continually affords new opportunities that demand the fruits of such practice and more, the full utilization of attention allows optimal subjective rewards to emerge.

A second, and perhaps more central assumption, is that much can be learned by seeking out the best examples of human functioning. This was the inspiraton behind Maslow's ( 1968) work on peak experiences that he drew from Aristotle: "It is the things which are valuable and pleasant to a good man that are really valuable and pleasant." The same logic can be applied to family systems, and other social or cultural systems -- even though it is seldom so applied in contemporary thought. One reason, perhaps, is because researchers' attempts to guard against their implicit prejudices have made them forego any conceptions of optimal functioning. This often prudent fear, however, can work against the desired ideal of learning to appreciate the complexity of various systems in their own light; it is precisely the study of optimally functioning individuals and systems that can provide the most instructive lessons on the appreciation of individual variation, and of group unity.


ACKNOWLEDGMENT

This research was supported by a grant from the Spencer Foundation.


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