Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

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 demonst Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an exp...

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Title:Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Author:Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
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Genres:Psychology
ISBN:Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:303 pages pages

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Reviews

  • Mark
    Aug 21, 2007

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow I found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be...

    You know that uncle you have, who doesn't have any kids and loves to talk your ear off every Thanksgiving, and he's a really nice guy, and he seems to know a lot of stuff, but when you look up the stuff he quotes he seems to always have it a bit off, and he never seems to have a book w...

    How must you live your life? Live it in happiness. But how to be happy? When I was a small boy I would often be missing my father for two straight days only to find out that he had been playing mahjong with friends nonstop for 48 or so hours, not getting tired, or sleepy or even h...

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the notion of "flow" to describe the experience which we have all had -- but all too rarely for most of us -- of becoming so immersed in and challenged by an experience that we lose track of time, our own self-concsciousness and feel most fully engaged i...

  • Tomio
    May 01, 2009

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow I found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be...

    You know that uncle you have, who doesn't have any kids and loves to talk your ear off every Thanksgiving, and he's a really nice guy, and he seems to know a lot of stuff, but when you look up the stuff he quotes he seems to always have it a bit off, and he never seems to have a book w...

    How must you live your life? Live it in happiness. But how to be happy? When I was a small boy I would often be missing my father for two straight days only to find out that he had been playing mahjong with friends nonstop for 48 or so hours, not getting tired, or sleepy or even h...

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the notion of "flow" to describe the experience which we have all had -- but all too rarely for most of us -- of becoming so immersed in and challenged by an experience that we lose track of time, our own self-concsciousness and feel most fully engaged i...

    Csikszentmihalyi's seminal work in the field of positive psychology reveals a man with a ridiculously hard to spell last name. I can't be the first person to posit this as the reason why he became so interested in how people overcome mental chaos (psychic entropy as it is called in the...

    Given the attention this book has received I had some pretty lofty expectations. Sadly, those expectations weren't met. Part of the problem is that "Flow" is widely cited by the current crop of pop-pscyhology books. For that reason I felt like I got the idea of "flow" long before I eve...

    Flow was a interesting look into the titular state, that of being "in the zone" or the slightly more dated "on fire". Flow is the mental and physical state of being where one is completely absorbed in the task at hand, and so well matched to the task, that everything else disappears fr...

  • Jeff
    Nov 13, 2011

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow I found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be...

    You know that uncle you have, who doesn't have any kids and loves to talk your ear off every Thanksgiving, and he's a really nice guy, and he seems to know a lot of stuff, but when you look up the stuff he quotes he seems to always have it a bit off, and he never seems to have a book w...

    How must you live your life? Live it in happiness. But how to be happy? When I was a small boy I would often be missing my father for two straight days only to find out that he had been playing mahjong with friends nonstop for 48 or so hours, not getting tired, or sleepy or even h...

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the notion of "flow" to describe the experience which we have all had -- but all too rarely for most of us -- of becoming so immersed in and challenged by an experience that we lose track of time, our own self-concsciousness and feel most fully engaged i...

    Csikszentmihalyi's seminal work in the field of positive psychology reveals a man with a ridiculously hard to spell last name. I can't be the first person to posit this as the reason why he became so interested in how people overcome mental chaos (psychic entropy as it is called in the...

    Given the attention this book has received I had some pretty lofty expectations. Sadly, those expectations weren't met. Part of the problem is that "Flow" is widely cited by the current crop of pop-pscyhology books. For that reason I felt like I got the idea of "flow" long before I eve...

  • Meg
    Sep 18, 2009

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

  • Zelda
    Jun 12, 2013

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow I found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be...

    You know that uncle you have, who doesn't have any kids and loves to talk your ear off every Thanksgiving, and he's a really nice guy, and he seems to know a lot of stuff, but when you look up the stuff he quotes he seems to always have it a bit off, and he never seems to have a book w...

    How must you live your life? Live it in happiness. But how to be happy? When I was a small boy I would often be missing my father for two straight days only to find out that he had been playing mahjong with friends nonstop for 48 or so hours, not getting tired, or sleepy or even h...

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the notion of "flow" to describe the experience which we have all had -- but all too rarely for most of us -- of becoming so immersed in and challenged by an experience that we lose track of time, our own self-concsciousness and feel most fully engaged i...

    Csikszentmihalyi's seminal work in the field of positive psychology reveals a man with a ridiculously hard to spell last name. I can't be the first person to posit this as the reason why he became so interested in how people overcome mental chaos (psychic entropy as it is called in the...

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    Nov 19, 2015

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow I found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be...

    You know that uncle you have, who doesn't have any kids and loves to talk your ear off every Thanksgiving, and he's a really nice guy, and he seems to know a lot of stuff, but when you look up the stuff he quotes he seems to always have it a bit off, and he never seems to have a book w...

    How must you live your life? Live it in happiness. But how to be happy? When I was a small boy I would often be missing my father for two straight days only to find out that he had been playing mahjong with friends nonstop for 48 or so hours, not getting tired, or sleepy or even h...

  • Rowena
    Nov 13, 2013

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow I found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be...

  • Nathan Maharaj
    Jul 14, 2014

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow I found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be...

    You know that uncle you have, who doesn't have any kids and loves to talk your ear off every Thanksgiving, and he's a really nice guy, and he seems to know a lot of stuff, but when you look up the stuff he quotes he seems to always have it a bit off, and he never seems to have a book w...

  • Hadrian
    Feb 10, 2011

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...

    This is quite possibly the most important book I have ever read. Consider it the official "Handbook on Happiness." Part science and part philosophy, it essentially defines happiness itself, then proceeds to explain in detail how we can attain it every waking moment of our lives (hypoth...

    "While humankind collectively has increased its material powers a thousandfold, it has not advanced very far in terms of improving the content of experience."- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow I found this book very intriguing. It made me think a lot, especially on what it means to be...

    You know that uncle you have, who doesn't have any kids and loves to talk your ear off every Thanksgiving, and he's a really nice guy, and he seems to know a lot of stuff, but when you look up the stuff he quotes he seems to always have it a bit off, and he never seems to have a book w...

    How must you live your life? Live it in happiness. But how to be happy? When I was a small boy I would often be missing my father for two straight days only to find out that he had been playing mahjong with friends nonstop for 48 or so hours, not getting tired, or sleepy or even h...

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi created the notion of "flow" to describe the experience which we have all had -- but all too rarely for most of us -- of becoming so immersed in and challenged by an experience that we lose track of time, our own self-concsciousness and feel most fully engaged i...

    Csikszentmihalyi's seminal work in the field of positive psychology reveals a man with a ridiculously hard to spell last name. I can't be the first person to posit this as the reason why he became so interested in how people overcome mental chaos (psychic entropy as it is called in the...

    Given the attention this book has received I had some pretty lofty expectations. Sadly, those expectations weren't met. Part of the problem is that "Flow" is widely cited by the current crop of pop-pscyhology books. For that reason I felt like I got the idea of "flow" long before I eve...

    Flow was a interesting look into the titular state, that of being "in the zone" or the slightly more dated "on fire". Flow is the mental and physical state of being where one is completely absorbed in the task at hand, and so well matched to the task, that everything else disappears fr...

    Very interesting book. I admit I was skeptical earlier with some pseudo-scientific terminology, but I become more convinced the more I read. Discusses the nature of happiness, by becoming totally focused in an action/thought, and a less of self-consciousness. Very interesting indeed. ...

  • Andy Mitchell
    Aug 09, 2011

    My notes, including liberal use of direct quotes: 8 elements of enjoyment: 1. confront challenging but completable tasks 2. concentration 3. clear goals 4. immediate feedback 5. deep, effortless involvement (lack of awareness of worries and frustrations) 6. sense of co...