Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Psychology - 336 pages

"Explores a happy state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity." — Time

The bestselling classic that holds the key to unlocking meaning, creativity, peak performance, and true happiness.

Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi ("the leading researcher into ‘flow states’" —Newsweek) demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness, unlock our potential, and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

 

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User Review  - keylawk - LibraryThing

Written in 1990, "Flow" is one of the many many books which explicitly warned us of the danger to society when power is seized by "unscrupulous and demented people". [231] Not one word of this ... Read full review

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Mihaly does not shy from the most difficult and universal questions of life, nor is he afraid to offer bold answers. "Flow" is about, quite frankly, how to enjoy life. Mihaly has compiled ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Overview
The Shields of Culture
Reclaiming Experience
Paths of Liberation
Enjoyment and the Quality of Life
The Conditions of Flow
The Body in Flow
Autotelic Jobs
Enjoying Solitude and Other People
Tragedies Transformed
Coping with Stress
A Summary
The Making of Meaning
Notes
References

The Flow of Thought
Autotelic Workers
Books by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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About the author (2009)

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a professor at Claremont Graduate University and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. His previous books include The Evolving Self and the national bestseller Flow.

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