Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life

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Basic Books, 1997 - Psychology - 181 pages
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Part psychological study, part self-help book, Finding Flow is a prescriptive guide that helps us reclaim ownership of our lives. Based on a far-reaching study of thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: during much of the day we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, while during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom. The key, according to Csikszentmihalyi, is to challenge ourselves with tasks requiring a high degree of skill and commitment. Instead of watching television, play the piano. Transform a routine task by taking a different approach. In short, learn the joy of complete engagement. Thought they appear simple, the lessons in Finding Flow are life-altering.

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I like his writing style. - Goodreads
Not very well written but has some insights... - Goodreads
But he doesn't give pointers on how to achieve flow. - Goodreads
Very interesting as the research behind it is sound. - Goodreads
Many interesting insights but at times a bit arduous. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jetta357 - Goodreads

Simple and complicated book about an exciting event in everyone's life. This book will not give you right answers but is a hint to finding flow inside yourself. Read full review

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User Review  - Bill Donhiser - Goodreads

This is the second book i have read by this author, I really didn't get much more out of it after reading the first. It was okay but I feel I could have better used my time reading an executive book summary or the CliffNotes and pursued another business book Read full review


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The Content of Experience
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The Paradox of Work
The Risks and Opportunities of Leisure
Relationships and the Quality of Life
Changing the Patterns of Life
The Autotelic Personality
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About the author (1997)

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is professor of psychology and education at the University of Chicago. He is the author of a number of books, including the bestselling Flow, The Evolving Self, Creativity, and Being Adolescent.

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