The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Book - 1990
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The bestselling introduction to "flow"--a groundbreaking psychological theory that shows readers how to improve the quality of life. "The way to happiness lies not in mindless hedonism, but in mindful change."--New York Times Book Review
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, c1990
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060920432
Characteristics: xii, 303 p. ; 25 cm


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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. Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to... Read More »

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Sep 19, 2018

This looks like just a summary, not the actual book.

Feb 07, 2018

I found the ideas interesting but the prose did not flow.

Feb 05, 2018

Very anecdotal and dated.

Jan 18, 2017

This book does nothing but help you become a better person. Mihaly challenges you to get out of the lull that you droll through everyday and to see the "moment" for what it really is; a poignant opportunity to improve. And on top of that, once we get into the habit of self-challenging and achieving goals, then the process becomes seamless and almost "Flow"s naturally. Really a great book that makes you smile every time you pick it up

Jan 06, 2017

This book gave a lot of insights on how to cultivate the flow experience. It is not exactly a how to book but it does give some suggestions. Flow is talked about as a tool to enrich life, and make the most out of work life, free time or learning. It is very comfortable to read and not too scientific and the author tries to stay objective. I laughed a few times in a kind of its funny because it is true sort of way. The only downside of the book I would mention is that it isn't a how to book, I got so pumped up by the notion of flow and optimal experience I wanted a formula but that is almost impossible because of the fluid nature of being in flow and everyone's individual preferences.

JCS3F Mar 03, 2014

While the author does little to effectively sketch the means of deliberately entering a state a flow and though the book is of dubious scientific merit and method, Czikszentmihaly does touch on several key points for readers seeking an improved understanding of flow. Most notably, the singular focus experienced by those in flow. Distraction is all around us and it has become increasingly important to understand distraction in the context of psychology and neurobiology to effectively overcome it. Czikszentmihaly makes it clear that this is possible, almost regardless of the object of our attention. In addition, flow depends on striking a comfortable balance between challenging material and the confusion that can accompany the steep end of the learning curve. In this way, Czikszentmihaly writes a weakly defined, poor quantified exploration of an amorphous concept, yet manages to create something of enduring legacy.


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wooknight Apr 25, 2011

This is another book that I found extremely influential and have read it several times , though I am still trying to implement the ideas suggested by the author


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