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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Aristotle observed 2300 years ago that more than anything men and women seek happiness. Csikszentmihalyi (psychology, Univ. of Chicago) has for 25 years made similar observations regarding "flow," a field of behavioral science examining connections between satisfaction and daily activities. A flow state ensues when one is engaged in self-controlled, goal-related, meaningful actions. Data regarding flow were collected on thousands of individuals, from mountain climbers to chess players. This thoroughly researched study is an intriguing look at the age-old problem of the pursuit of happiness and how, through conscious effort, we may more easily attain it. Recommended for general readers.
- Terry McMaster, Utica Coll. of Syracuse Univ. Lib., N.Y .
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Its short sweet and to the point overall I like it. Many people speak about this book in their books so its helpful to have read it.Published 4 days ago by Leitta
I read this book because I am a game designer who see how the concepts described are useful for making games. It is a really interesting read.Published 15 days ago by Barret Gaylor
I liked the breakdown of the multiple factors of how flow is created. By explaining it many things fall in place and it gives more reality to what flow actually is. Read morePublished 19 days ago by jpnelemans
I was disappointed with this book. If you want positive psychology, I found The Upward Spiral much more compelling and it backed up a lot more of its claims up with sound... Read morePublished 26 days ago by a Midwest reviewer
Fun book, the philosophy in this book is logical, and seems to work.
I gave it to my daughter..
This book is not compelling. I had to stop reading after chapter 3. Just lost interest.Published 29 days ago by Rita Reader
very good book, finally read it after reading so many other books that reference this.
it is a difficult book to get through, but well worth the time