Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

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 demonst...

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Title:Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Author:Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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  • Meg
    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypothetically at le...
  • Rowena
    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, FlowI found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be happy and satisfi...
  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    How must you live your life?Live it in happiness. But how to be happy? When I was a small boy I would often be missing my father for two straight days only to find out that he had been playing mahjong with friends nonstop for 48 or so hours, not getting tired, or sleepy or even hungry (despite the l...
  • Amir Tesla
    Flow is the state in which you are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the concentration is so intense that there is no attention left to think about anything else, or to worry about any problem. Full summary of flow: the psychology of optimal experienceI consider myself an...
  • Suzanne
    Csikszentmihalyi's seminal work in the field of positive psychology reveals a man with a ridiculously hard to spell last name. I can't be the first person to posit this as the reason why he became so interested in how people overcome mental chaos (psychic entropy as it is called in the book) to achi...
  • Nathan Maharaj
    You know that uncle you have, who doesn't have any kids and loves to talk your ear off every Thanksgiving, and he's a really nice guy, and he seems to know a lot of stuff, but when you look up the stuff he quotes he seems to always have it a bit off, and he never seems to have a book with him so may...
  • Andy Mitchell
    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes:8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of control over actions 7. concern fo...
  • Jeff
    Given the attention this book has received I had some pretty lofty expectations. Sadly, those expectations weren't met. Part of the problem is that "Flow" is widely cited by the current crop of pop-pscyhology books. For that reason I felt like I got the idea of "flow" long before I even cracked C's ...

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