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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience…

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990)

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi writes in an engaging style. This book mostly focuses on fulfillment and life affirmation but it doesn't really talk about how to achieve this. The book merely talks about the flow states that one can enter in certain situations, and how other people encounter this state.

It goes into Yoga practitioners, Martial Artists, Artists in general, Chess Masters and any other profession that can achieve a flow state.

One thing I didn't realize until I picked this one up is that the book is slightly older than I expected it to be. I didn't know that the first printing was back in 1990. That was during the Elder Bush Administration. Although it was printed back in the early 1990s the only way I could tell is because it referred to old technology like Laser Discs and Walkmans. So all in all, the rest of the information is relatively current and applicable to modern times. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
Voici, enfin traduit en français, l'un des grands classiques de la psychologie du XXe siècle, salué comme un ouvrage fondateur dès sa parution aux Etats-Unis. Pour la première fois, grâce à la méthode originale mise au point par Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, la question du bonheur reçoit une réponse factuelle, dépassant les débats philosophiques. Que nous dit-il ? Pour l'essentiel, que les moments de joie et de satisfaction dans notre vie ne sont pas associés à de simples " loisirs ", mais à un certain état psychologique, un sentiment de fluidité mentale et d'intense concentration sur des tâches qui mobilisent toutes nos compétences.
Et il nous explique comment atteindre cette " expérience optimale " et la généraliser. Car " maîtriser son expérience intérieure, c'est devenir capable de choisir la qualité de ce que l'on veut vivre. Si ce n'est pas le bonheur, cela y ressemble ".
  Haijavivi | Jun 11, 2019 |
Un libro básico en la redefinición de la subjetividad humana. Como dice Richard Flaste del New York Times Magazine «una gran contribución a la educación del público acerca del carácter positivo de los más profundos anhelos humanos». La psicología, la filosofía y el humanismo se unen para responder a la pregunta fundamental: ¿qué es la felicidad? Best-seller mundial.
  Haijavivi | Jun 3, 2019 |
The book left me mildly disappointed ; probably because I was previously caught up in all the hype about "Flow State of Mind" and how to hack your mind to reach peak performance (Steve Kotler). The crux of the subject is pretty much tackled in the initial chapters ie. conditions needed to reach "flow" state etc . rest of the chapters seem to lack strong content ; Also having extensively read on psychology and psychoanalysis - I do not think "Flow" comes under those disciplines rather sits on the border nevertheless Prof Mihaly is definitely on to something . ( )
  Vik.Ram | May 5, 2019 |
I used to shelve this in psychology/self help for years and was always attracted to this man’s long Hungarian name. I finally read it in the summer of 2011. This is a description of mental states achieved when goals are set into place and when one is absorbed and focused in a task or an art work. An essential plan for OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE of life.
  starlight17 | Mar 19, 2019 |
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You have heard about how a musician loses herself in her music, how a painter becomes one with the process of painting. In work, sport, conversation or hobby, you have experienced, yourself, the suspension of time, the freedom of complete absorption in activity. This is "flow," an experience that is at once demanding and rewarding--an experience that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates is one of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences a person can have. The exhaustive case studies, controlled experiments and innumerable references to historical figures, philosophers and scientists through the ages prove Csikszentmihalyi's point that flow is a singularly productive and desirable state. But the implications for its application to society are what make the book revolutionary.

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An introduction to "flow," a new field of behavioral science that offers life-fulfilling potential, explains its principles and shows how to introduce flow into all aspects of life, avoiding the interferences of disharmony.

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