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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.
Very interesting, well written, and potentially practical. Definitely worth the read.Published 9 months ago by Jesse May
Have you ever felt like you were in the flow of things? We all have at one point or another. This book showcases how to stay in flow and help others do the same. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Gill
This book is deservedly rated as a classic in its field : the author writes clearly, marshals an impressive body of evidence in support of his theory, and illustrates its... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rathcol
This book goes a long way toward explaining how to be happy. I found it relatively easy to understand with many examples of real people.Published on June 25 2013 by Fred
I liked Flow being on audio cd because then I can also be in flow while I listen to it. Instead of being stuck holding a book in my hands. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2013 by Holly
I was hoping for the complete text so was disappointed as it is just an overview but still worthwhile. If you have any interest at all the book is fantastic.Published on Jan. 27 2011 by Lorraine
My product was exactly what it was supposed to be, but it took more than the max amount of time estimated to arrive (about a week later) So i was waiting for a while, but it was... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2010 by Cee Sabisto
The concept of Flow is subtle. It may seem simple on a surface read, but the author certainly knows what he is talking about regarding artistic creation. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2008 by Dr. Dave