The psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihalyi wrote in his book Flow, “It is not the skills we actually have that determine how we feel but the ones we think we have” (emphasis added).
When I first encountered that sentence, I reread it four or five times, convinced that it must be a misprint, or perhaps Csíkszentmihalyi was strung out on consonants. He seems to be advocating a delusional outlook on life.
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
What does the bold part mean? I looked up the dictionary and found 4 meanings of 'string out' but couldn't make sense out of it when putting them together with the 'on consonants'.