Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


The world's foremost producer of personal development and motivational audio programs gives you the tools to unleash the secret of peak performance.Remember the last time that you were so focused, so motivated that you felt at the absolute top of your form -- alert, energized and free of self-consciousness? Chances are you were experiencing flow -- an almost euphoric state of concentration and complete involvement.Now, esteemed psychologist Mihal...

Details Flow

Release DateJan 1st, 1990
PublisherHarper Perennial
Number of pages320 pages
GenrePsychology, Nonfiction, Self Help, Business, Science

Reviews Flow

  • 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 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
    "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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Mark
    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...
  • Zelda
    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...
  • Tomio
    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...
  • Hadrian
    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.
  • Will
    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...
  • Alex
    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.
  • Layla
    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...
  • Karan Bajaj
    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...
  • Chris
    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...
  • Grant
    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 ...
  • King
    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
    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 ...
  • Mario Tomic
    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.
  • Sergey Khomyuk
    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
    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
    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 ...
  • Matthew Hartman
    what can i say? i didn't get very far before putting this down and never picking it up again. a book my mom bought for me when i was feeling down. stuck me as an overly complicated way of saying you should do what you want in life. duh.
  • Mohammad
    اسم کتاب توی فارسی قابل ترجمه نیست. «جریان؛ روانشناسی تجربه بهینه» حتا اون مفهوم «فلو» که منظورش هست هم توی فرهنگ ما زیاد مورد اشاره واقع نشده. خود انگلیسی زبانها عبارتهای مختلفی برای توصیفش دارن. شاید بهترین اونها این عبارت «being in the zone» باشه.بحث شا...
  • Armine Mamikonian
    Поток М. Чиксентмихаи решила прочитать по рекомендации Рубена Варданаяна (Список рекомендаций Р. Варданяна можер найти здесь). Для меня книга была интересна тем, что автор структурировал очень правильные и важные мысли, c которыми тяжело не согла...
  • S Kasm
    Flow is that "zone" that we all strive to achieve in any exercise that we undertake. In a state of "Flow," your creativity is un-inhibited and you are completely enraptured in the "here and now" -- with notions of time and space completely being altered in your consciousness. For example, if you're an artist, classical musician, a novelist, a worl-class surgeon, or even a sports-enthusiast of any kind -- then you'll appreciate Flow and will relat...
  • Iiro Korhonen
    Hyvä kirja! Sisältää kattavaa ja melko perusteellista tarkastelua Csikszenmihalyin tutkimasta flow-ilmiöstä, eli tietoisuuden tilasta, jossa voidaan saavuttaa nk. "optimaalinen kokemus". Kirjan ehdottomana plussana koin asiantuntevan, tieteellisen otteen, joka heijasti mielestäni hyvin Csikszentmihalyin laajaa asiantuntemusta ilmiöön. Itselläni kirja herätti paljon ajatuksia mm. siitä miten flow:ta voidaan soveltaa yhteiskunnassa tai ...
  • Armin
    One should become sceptical, when at the very beginning of a book, the author explains to have a tremendous scientific background but for the purpose of making his findings accessible for the masses, he would exclude it from the text at hand. The first 20 percent or so do actually contain some interesting information that help one understand the concept of flow (pleasure vs. enjoyment), its psychological basis (order in consiousness), its prerequ...