Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow

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 chan...


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TitleFlow
ISBN9780060920432
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 1990
PublisherHarper Perennial
LanguageEnglish
GenrePsychology, Nonfiction, Self Help, Business, Personal Development
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  • Meg
    2009-09-18
    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 least). Although far from a "light read," I found the intense mental concentration the book demanded to be almost physically pleasurable (yes, I am in f...
  • Rowena
    2013-11-13
    "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 satisfied. This is not a self-help manual and the reason I picked it up despite it's self-helpy title and cover is because I had read some of Csikszentmihalyi...
  • Nathan Maharaj
    2014-07-14
    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 maybe he did all his reading when he was young, but there's no point calling bullshit on him, and you get a sense he's not really listening anyway -- wel...
  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    2015-11-19
    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 lack of proper meals). The game is played by a group of four, and when my mother would send me to check my father out from wherever part of the neighbo...
  • Mark
    2007-08-21
    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the notion of "flow" to describe the experience which we have all had -- but all too rarely for most of us -- of becoming so immersed in and challenged by an experience that we lose track of time, our own self-concsciousness and feel most fully engaged in life. Interestingly, he found, this has little to do with people's most enjoyable leisure activities. Folks love to watch TV and movies, eat dinner with friends a...
  • Suzanne
    2013-06-12
    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 achieve harmony and, I almost typed satisfaction but that would be missing the point. Csikszentmihalyi (hereafter referred to as Mr. C) actually prescribe...
  • Hadrian
    2011-02-10
    Very interesting book. I admit I was skeptical earlier with some pseudo-scientific terminology, but I become more convinced the more I read. Discusses the nature of happiness, by becoming totally focused in an action/thought, and a less of self-consciousness. Very interesting indeed.
  • Tomio
    2009-05-01
    Flow was a interesting look into the titular state, that of being "in the zone" or the slightly more dated "on fire". Flow is the mental and physical state of being where one is completely absorbed in the task at hand, and so well matched to the task, that everything else disappears from awareness. Csikszentmihaly makes a distinction here between "fun" and "enjoyment", claiming that something does not have to be fun to be enjoyable, and the latte...
  • Saeed
    2017-04-05
    A good book but can be more condensed. After reading this book, I hardly got more than the above points. I was looking for a "how to" book about creating the flow experience. However, this book is really a life philosophy book, which uses "flow" as a paradigm to describe various aspects of life. The general point is very good: we need to create order in mind. And the way is to have a goal and an "autotelic mindset", mainly, focus on the effort, n...
  • Grant
    2011-03-11
    I love the idea of Flow - I was introduced to it as a college student performing in a large auditioned choir, and while I feel that the idea of flow is very real, I am completely put off by the way in which the author chose to discuss it.He spends way too much time belittling other groups opinions of how to achieve happiness. If Dr. Csikszentmihalyi's method is so scientifically superior, then he should have the confidence to let his methods and ...
  • Karan Bajaj
    2015-04-06
    This book has a lot of parallels with Eastern mysticism which I've studied for some years. I love the fundamental thesis: your only true moments of transcendental happiness in life are when the "I"--the mind-intellect-ego complex--is completely dissolved. You're so absorbed in an activity that you forget yourself. This is consistent with Eastern thought where the complete dissolution of the self is the goal of human endeavor. I was very impressed...
  • Alex
    2007-06-17
    This book has a sometimes annoying pedantic tone, but is basically an interesting repackaging of Buddhist ideas with a view to providing concrete recommendations for how to enjoy your life more. I don't think the author specifically aligns himself with Buddhism, but the parallels are clear to me.
  • Pradnya K.
    2017-10-22
    It's been some time I was reading it. It's one of those books that read focus and makes you not feel but think. The book gets condensed at times, compelling the reader to think, sometimes ponder on his personal life and on human behavior throughout the history. (whatever we know of that) Many a times it brings back solutions or rather a promise to the nagging questions like what is happiness? Why I'm feeling something is amiss in my life though e...
  • Layla
    2008-01-30
    This book is filled with insight. The author explains the personality type possessed by those who experience flow often, the "autotelic" personality. He says that these individuals interpret their negative circumstances in a positive way, continually challenge and enrich themselves, and take ownership of their choices making them more dedicated to their goals. He discusses how to experience flow - that one must become immersed in the activity and...
  • Will
    2010-02-07
    It took months to finish this book because there's only so much of Mihaly's BS that I can take at a time. The last chapter is a real piece of work, containing (a) an apology for Adolf Eichmann and (b) a call to eugenics as a foundation for a new religion: "The reality of complexification [sic:] is both an *is* and an *ought*: it has happened...but it might not continue unless we wish it to go on. The future of evolution is now in our hands." Is C...
  • Mario Tomic
    2013-07-10
    One of the best books you will ever read, if you can pick only 5 books to read in your life this would be one of those! The author simply asked "What makes a life worth living?" It's clearly nothing that money can buy. The book is about how people find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring them in a state the author calls "flow." Super interesting book, can't recommend it enough.
  • Chris
    2013-02-04
    Every once in a while I read a book that I think some people I know might like or should read, and other times I read a book that I think everyone should read. This is one of those books. It can profoundly change or fortify the way you look at life and happiness…in a good way! I am SO impressed. I wasn’t two chapters in when I was buying a copy for my wife, starting a weekly video-chat with my brother as we read through it together, and telli...
  • King
    2011-02-28
    Flow is the state where all mental energies are concentrated on an event which results in the person attaining "optimal experience," which is basically happiness. C(I refuse to spell this authors insane surname), states that to be happy we need to lessen our mental chaos by providing/creating a structure for our mental energies to play in. He identifies certain conditions required to achieve flow: 1. The person must be engaged in an activity that...
  • Amir
    2015-10-18
    Wow, an essential book for anyone who seeks a stress-free, productive, meaningful life and eager to achieve extreme levels of mastery. This book introduces a vitally important concept: "Flow" in which one finds her/himself happy, away from all anxieties and worries, full of enjoyment which if recruited systematically leads to development of self. This holy state of flow can be achieved in any situation and I think this is the very essence of the ...
  • Michael Dubakov
    2018-06-15
    Великолепная модель жизни и концепция счастья. Обычное состояние сознания — хаос. Мысли скачут, нас охватывает тревога и экзистенциальный ужас поселяется внутри. Для борьбы с хаосом нужны диссипативные структуры. Деятельность человека создае...
  • د.أمجد الجنباز
    2015-12-05
    من الكتب الصعبة بالرغم من محاولة مؤلفه على تبسيطه كما ذكرالكتاب يحوي ابحاثا عن السعادة، وكيفية الحصول عليهايذكر الكتاب الحالة التي يدخل فيها الشخص عندما يمارس مهاما يعشقها، سما هذا الحالة بحالة التجربة المثاليةOptimal Experienceوذكر أن الشخص في هذه الحا...
  • Katherine Addison
    2017-04-22
    I'm a little disheartened to learn that Csikszentmihalyi has gone on to become "the world's foremost producer of personal development and motivational audio programs," because that makes his work sound like exactly the kind of self-help bullshit that he says, in Flow, doesn't do any good. But I can see where, from what he wrote in 1990, he could have become a proselytizer for his theory, and, yeah, that is going to lead you into "personal develop...
  • Sergey Khomyuk
    2016-01-02
    Поток. Психология оптимального переживания (Михай Чиксентмихайи)Тема: саморазвитие (психология)Оценка: 5+Попробуйте пару-тройку минут ничего не делать и абсолютно ни о чем не думать. Непростая задача, да? Наш мозг просто на дух не переносит пустот...
  • Jay Kamaladasa
    2013-08-18
    Five stars because it broadened my perspective on life. This is not a full review of the book, but a glimpse of what the author has to say. What the book describes is far more important to be buried down a criticism of literature. 1.) We overcompensate our efforts in work, and under-compensate our efforts in our leisure lives. 2.) If you fine tune your life's challenges so that they are sufficient to keep you from being bored, and not limited to ...
  • D
    2007-07-10
    this book makes a lot of sense. it's about happiness, consciousness, work, relationships, and purpose--and basically, the thesis is that people are happiest when they have clear goals and well-defined perimeters to work within to achieve those goals. sounds a little dry, but I found it both interesting and relevant. as someone who is still working out what my "ideal" career or life model looks like, I enjoyed seeing my typical questions examined ...