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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While many self-help books purport to tell readers how to find happiness, few such titles can claim to be based on any scientifically valid, large-scale studies. One of the happy exceptions was ... Read full review

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Read this book in college, over ten years ago. The idea--and goal--of achieving flow lives with me.

Contents

The Structures of Everyday Life
1
The Content of Experience
17
How We Feel When Doing Different Things
35
The Paradox of Work
49
The Risks and Opportunities of Leisure
64
Relationships and the Quality of Life
78
Changing the Patterns of Life
97
The Autotelic Personality
116
The Love of Fate
131
Notes
149
References
159
Index
169
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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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