Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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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 chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.


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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced "chick-sent-me-high"), author of the New York Times bestseller Flow, is a professor of management at the Claremont Graduate Center. He is also the director of the Quality of Life Research Center, a nonprofit institute in Claremont, California.
Published August 18, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Religion & Spirituality, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Csikszentmihalyi's theories of flow, elucidated in his Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990), have been immensely influential for their ideas about an accessible, optimal, Zen-like state of being.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi opens his book, "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience," with what may be the quintessential paradox of our bedraggled 20th Century.

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But in fact, whether people find flow in rain dancing, meteorology or even in gang warfare (one of Csikszentmihalyi's students found flow states in Japan's notorious Kamikaze Bikers), it is just as likely to lead to prejudice as insight, ethnocentrism as objectivity, war as peace.

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The chapters Happiness Revisited, Enjoyment and Quality of life, the flow of thought, the body in flow, Enjoying solitude and other people, and finally the making of the meaning are an absolute pleasure to read.

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If you start a positive habit and see that it has a positive effect upon your business or health outcomes, your brain is more willing to utilize resources to continue that behavior and scan for new ones.

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