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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Psychology - 336 pages
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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 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 and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

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Flow: A Path to Happiness

User Review  - Beth. - Borders

Besides having more vowels in his name than any other researcher in the field of positive psychology, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi is probably best known for his book "Flow". So what exactlty is flow and ... Read full review

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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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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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