Flow The Psychology of Optimal Experience

ISBN-10: 0061339202

ISBN-13: 9780061339202

Edition: N/A

Authors: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Sychologist 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. Book jacket.
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List price: $15.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced "ME-high CHICK-sent-me-high-ee) is a professor and former chairman of the Department of English at the University of Chicago. His writings have focused on models of enjoyment and how various people access their creative potential. The idea of creative potential, which Csikszentmihalyi terms "flow" has become increasingly popular in the public sector. His 1993 book, Flow, inspired Jimmy Johnson then coach of the World Champion Dallas Cowboys, and was the subject of a feature story during that year's Super Bowl television broadcast. His ideas have also been touted by President Clinton, who called Csikszentmihalyi one of his favorite authors, Newt Gingrich, who put his work on the reading list for a political planning committee, and corporations and cultural institutions, such as Volvo in Sweden and the Chicago Park District. He has published articles in a variety of magazines, including Psychology Today, The New York Times, Omni, and Wired and has made appearances on television in the U.S. and Europe. Csikszentmihalyi currently serves on boards and commissions for the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, and the Social Science Research Council. He has held visiting professorships at universities in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Italy, and Finland. He received the1990 NRPA National Research (Roosevelt) Award, in addition to two Senior Fulbright Fellowships. Besides Flow, he has also written Beyond Boredom and Anxiety and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, in which he applies his "flow" theory to various inventors, scientists, and artists to determine how and why they achieve "flow."

Happiness Revisited
The Roots of Discontent
The Shields of Culture
Reclaiming Experience
Paths of Liberation
The Anatomy of Consciousness
The Limits of Consciousness
Attention as Psychic Energy
Enter the Self
Disorder in Consciousness: Psychic Entropy
Order in Consciousness: Flow
Complexity and the Growth of the Self
Enjoyment and the Quality of Life
Pleasure and Enjoyment
The Elements of Enjoyment
The Autotelic Experience
The Conditions of Flow
Flow Activities
Flow and Culture
The Autotelic Personality
The People of Flow
The Body in Flow
Higher, Faster, Stronger
The Joys of Movement
Sex as Flow
The Ultimate Control: Yoga and the Martial Arts
Flow through the Senses: The Joys of Seeing
The Flow of Music
The Joys of Tasting
The Flow of Thought
The Mother of Science
The Rules of the Games of the Mind
The Play of Words
Befriending Clio
The Delights of Science
Loving Wisdom
Amateurs and Professionals
The Challenge of Lifelong Learning
Work As Flow
Autotelic Workers
Autotelic Jobs
The Paradox of Work
The Waste of Free Time
Enjoying Solitude and Other People
The Conflict between Being Alone and Being with Others
The Pain of Loneliness
Taming Solitude
Flow and the Family
Enjoying Friends
The Wider Community
Cheating Chaos
Tragedies Transformed
Coping with Stress
The Power of Dissipative Structures
The Autotelic Self: A Summary
The Making of Meaning
What Meaning Means
Cultivating Purpose
Forging Resolve
Recovering Harmony
The Unification of Meaning in Life Themes
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