Flow

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Harper Collins, Mar 13, 1991 - Psychology - 303 pages
511 Reviews
The bestselling introduction to "flow"--a groundbreaking psychological theory that shows readers how to improve the quality of life. "The way to happiness lies not in mindless hedonism, but in mindful change .""--New York Times Book Review" "Documents a set of scientific discoveries about human nature that actually illuminates the life experiences of all persons."--Howard Gardner, author of "Frames of Mind"

"It rethinks what motivates people." "--Newsweek"

"An intriguing look at the age-old problem of human happiness." "--Library Journal"

  

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Very interesting book with some great insights. - Goodreads
It is difficult to read. - Goodreads
A very well researched and well written book on flow. - Goodreads
The premise is good. - Goodreads
Good Book, with some profound moments of great insight. - Goodreads
Good book, great research/information, poor writing. - Goodreads

Review: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

User Review  - Daylynn Foster - Goodreads

This author was in the movie Happy, which prompted me to get this book. I wanted to hear what he had to say. Mine is the newer version, with a cover different than the one shown here, so referencing ... Read full review

Review: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

User Review  - Jeff Ford - Goodreads

Csikszentmihalyi could have been a speech writer for Obama. His book is filled with excessive humanizing examples. The whole book could be summed up in Philippians 4. The Flow Experience: Merging ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
THE ANATOMY OF CONSCIOUSNESS
ENJOYMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE
THE BODY IN FLOW 94
THE FLOW OF THOUGHT 117
WORK AS FLOW 143
ENJOYING SOLITUDE AND OTHER PEOPLE 164
CHEATING CHAOS
What Meaning Means 215
Forging Resolve 223
The Unification of Meaning in Life Themes 230
NOTES 241
REFERENCES 281
THE MAKING OF MEANING
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About the author (1991)

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced "ME-high CHICK-sent-me-high-ee) is a professor and former chairman of the Department of English at the University of Chicago. His writings have focused on models of enjoyment and how various people access their creative potential. The idea of creative potential, which Csikszentmihalyi terms "flow" has become increasingly popular in the public sector. His 1993 book, Flow, inspired Jimmy Johnson then coach of the World Champion Dallas Cowboys, and was the subject of a feature story during that year's Super Bowl television broadcast. His ideas have also been touted by President Clinton, who called Csikszentmihalyi one of his favorite authors, Newt Gingrich, who put his work on the reading list for a political planning committee, and corporations and cultural institutions, such as Volvo in Sweden and the Chicago Park District. He has published articles in a variety of magazines, including Psychology Today, The New York Times, Omni, and Wired and has made appearances on television in the U.S. and Europe. Csikszentmihalyi currently serves on boards and commissions for the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, and the Social Science Research Council. He has held visiting professorships at universities in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Italy, and Finland. He received the1990 NRPA National Research (Roosevelt) Award, in addition to two Senior Fulbright Fellowships. Besides Flow, he has also written Beyond Boredom and Anxiety and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, in which he applies his "flow" theory to various inventors, scientists, and artists to determine how and why they achieve "flow.

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