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Flow in Sports: The keys to optimal experiences and performances Paperback – May 19, 1999
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""For many years, I've admired Dr. Csikszentmihalyi's pioneering work and tried to apply his concepts on the football field. Some people have labeled my approach as 'intense,' but the more accurate term might be 'in flow.' Being totally absorbed in the task at hand is essential to becoming a sports champion. Flow in Sports tells you how to get into that positive, winning mindset.""
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""Flow in Sports is a fascinating read. Finally, someone has put into print what I always strive for when I work out and compete. For athletes who are looking for a book that shows how to maximize their sense of enjoyment and unleash their true potential, this is a goldmine of information.""
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This book is a great introduction to a key aspect of performance: Flow.
In this very readable book the authors define the key dimensions of Flow as:
1. Challenge-skills balance
2. Action-awareness merging
3. Clear goals
4. Unambiguous feedback
5. Concentration on the task in hand
6. Sense of control
7. Loss of self-consciousness
8. Transformation of time
9. Autotelic experience. (Jackson & Csikszentmihalyi, 1999, p. 16)
These dimensions are build on almost 40 years of Csikszentmihalyi's work on this topic and it was interesting that in their recent research Beard and Hoy (2010) confirmed what they called the Jackson-Marsh model.
This is a rich area of interest for the athlete and the researchers alike, and the payoff, Flow, is an addictive motivator.
For the readers who are interested in this topic Jackson, S.A., & Eklund, R.C. (2004). The flow scales manual (Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology, Inc.) is worth reading.
The rewarding aspects of Flow in a variety of situations demonstrate the nature of the positive psychology of human endeavor. This book is a must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is at odds with itself in some ways. The work of Csikszentmihalyi was to determine the quality of experiences that make life worth living. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cross
bought the book for a school project, and it turned out to be helpful. helfpul/intersting insights on ones mental state in sportPublished on December 25, 2008 by Benjamin I. Cargill
Flow in Sports was a very straight forward and easy to understand book that has helped me imensly with my sport performance. Read morePublished on July 19, 2008 by J. Magurno
If you know some better psychingbook as this so tell me.Published on May 12, 2002 by Amazon Customer
I readed this book with great interest. Unfortunately I didn't do the "exercises" it tells you to, so I don't know how this could really have helped me in practice, only... Read morePublished on June 14, 2001 by Marcelo Iannini