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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 2007 edition (June 23 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061339202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061339202
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Beth on Dec 5 2008
Format: Paperback
Besides having more vowels in his name than any other researcher in the field of positive psychology, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi is probably best known for his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. So what exactlty is flow and what does it have to do with finding happiness?

There are short and long ways to define the concept of flow. The short way is to tell you that flow is roughly the equivalent to what most people refer to as being "in the zone" or "in the groove". More elaborate definitions might be that it is "the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people do it even at great cost, for the sheer state of doing it."

Being such a desirable state, flow is naturally linked to happiness. The book feels that the path to happiness is a circuitous one that begins with one achieving control over the "contents of our consciousness". I'm taking that to mean that if I learn to find flow experiences, it will lead to greater happiness.

Know from the get-go that "Flow" is NOT a step-by-step book that gives you tips on how to be happy. Instead, the book summarizes years of research, so what you get when all is said and done, are general principles along with examples of how people have used them to transform their lives. The hope, then, is that you will have enough information in the book to make the transition from principles and theory, to actual practice.

In a nutshell, Flow is a unique and interesting book that examines the process of achieving happiness through the control of one's inner life.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Levangie on March 4 2010
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I know that I am not able to put into words how great a book Flow is. A friend suggested it as good reading so I ordered a copy from amazon. Well I wasn't long placing another order for 3 more.(By the way I ordered the 3 books on Sunday evening and they were in my mail box here in Halifax on Wednesday morning) Since then 4 of us meet each Tuesday for 2 hours and have a great time sharing our thoughts on many of the interesting, down to earth subjects, in this book. There are so many points made about optimal experiences which I can relate to, such as the example given when one learns a piece of music, it gives you the feeling that you are flowing. I started learning to play the piano 14 months ago and I often experience the flow experience.I did no think it would be possible to have that feeling at 79 years of age.
There's still life in the old fellow yet. Thanks to amazon and Flow.
Paul Levangie Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terry Vermeylen on March 3 2004
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Flow (optimal experience) is something we all strive for and this book provides many chapters designed to help us recognize it. The key to this excellent self-help book is that it helps us understand our inner self first prior to providing cheesy solutions. Just like the 12 step AA program you first have to admit something and recognize it, only then are you ready for change. After reading this book, it was easy to admit that I am not in an optimal state all the time, when perhaps I could have been.
"Hello, my name is Loopy and I'm not experiencing life in an optimal manner"
Ok, let's get serious. In this time of hostilities it is more important than ever to recognize why humans try so hard to conquer the outer world. Mihaly concentrates entirely on how to achieve flow, therefore prescribing proven techniqes to control your state of mind (inner world) and improving the quality of your life.
Flow is simply immersing yourself in an activity to the point of losing sense of time. That activity can't be too hard or too easy, just enough so that you instinctively know that you are learning and expanding. Learning to effortlessly drive a golf ball, play guitar, converse, dance and work can all provide the state of Flow.
Mihaly starts the book off with an interesting general visit to the happiness subject and asks all the right questions. He presents a strong argument focusing on how humans throughout history have focused on how health, beauty, money and power will be our shining knights, yet we only have to look inside ourselves and stretch ourselves to experience precious moments. That perfect golf swing. Writing a great review. Cooking a great meal. It's just too easy in our society to flick channels and grab a greasy burger. You have to create optimal moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Gill on Feb. 3 2014
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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. It's a fascinating explanation of something we all implicitly know, but never really examine in much detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rathcol on Dec 25 2013
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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 relevance to a wide range of activities and experiences,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly on Feb. 6 2013
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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.
Mihaly tells some entertaining stories and knows what he is talking about, I also like that it is him speaking.
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