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Flow explains the conclusions from the many years of thorough research on what makes us feel happy and totally engaged with life. It starts with the assumption that the universe was not designed with the comfort of human beings in mind, actually it is empty, called and chaotic. In order to be happy humans create meaning, set goals and order their consciousness. That way we are in control of our lives, regardless of the material conditions, regardless of the caprices of the universe.
The function of consciousness is to represent information about what is happening outside and inside the organism in such a way that can be evaluated and acted upon by the body.
The more one can influence what goes in and out of his consciousness, more he is in flow, feeling happy, fulfilling great and important goals. The author, Mr. Csikszentmihalyi, argues that the product of consciousness, which is the subjective experience, is not just one of the dimensions of life, it is life itself.
Some chapters are a bit dry and overloaded with statistical information, nevertheless the book is valuable source of inspiration and knowledge about how we can achieve harmony and higher, more complex and more satisfying level of existence.
 

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Very interesting book, a classic in the field. This is not a how to book and it does not try to be.
The author explores the concept of flow - " "the state in which people are so involved in an
activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people do it even at great cost, for the sheer state of doing it."
He then explain how can one experience flow not only at work ( where interestingly enough most people do) but also in solitude, with family and friends.
There so great learnings and questions that one can ask about life for example...before investing great amount of energy into a goal, ask yourself the fundamental questions!
- Is this something I really want to do?
- Is it something I enjoy doing?
- Am I likely to enjoy it in the foreseeable future?
- Is the price that I and others will have to pay worth it?
- Will I be able to live with myself if I accomplish it?
Lots of wisdom and very content reach book.
I enjoyed it!
adriana
 

Review: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

User Review  - Kirtika - Goodreads

Great concept - deducting 1-2 stars for the length of the book. The book can be hard to get through initially but the insights that gradually form and shine out towards the end are worth it. Read full review

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User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

It's an interesting idea, but to be honest, I think this should really be an essay, not a book. The first 20% of the book explains the idea of flow, what makes an enjoyable experience. A number of key ... Read full review

Review: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

User Review  - Jón Absalonsen - Goodreads

An enlightening read that I can recommend to anyone with a human brain. What I found especially valuable was the distinction between pleasure on the one hand and enjoyment on the other. Pleasure comes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wouter - Goodreads

One of those books that kept appearing in references in other books and talks/articles, and one of those I knew I had to read for a long time. I finally found it used somewhere and started reading ... Read full review

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User Review  - Abhimanyu - Goodreads

This is an excellent book, author has a great command over his expressions and ideas are communicated in a lucid manner. Books talks about optimal experience and author sites many example of people ... Read full review

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User Review  - Juan Ríos - Goodreads

Great book explaining flow, its scientific explanation and how to use it to guide the duality body/mind to optimal experiences. Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer Lund - Goodreads

For everyone wanting to understand how to create this magical time and space where you are so immersed in an activity that nothing else seems to matter - your focus is at 100%, your endorphines and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marc - Goodreads

For me reading Flow was like someone finally articulating a worldview that I had difficulty explaining to others. To be fully present in life, to seek and engage new challenges... that is how I have ... Read full review

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