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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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.Oct 11 1993 | Read Full Review of Flow (P.S.)
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.Jan 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Flow (P.S.)
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