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Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Paperback – 1 July 2008

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"Csikszentmihalyi arrives at an insight that many of us can intuitively grasp, despite our insistent (and culturally supported) denial of this truth. That is, it is not what happens to us that determines our happiness, but the manner in which we make sense of that reality. . . . a deep cultural critique . . . the manner in which Csikszentmihalyi integrates research on consciousness, personal psychology and spirituality is illuminating."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The insightful analyst Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi argues that the key to gratification is completely absorbing work--he calls it 'flow.'"--Salon.com

"[A] passionate and eloquent defense...[of] intellectual as well as emotional commitment to pleasure, for society's sake as well as our own."--Booklist

"Explore[s] a happy state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity"--Time magazine

"Flow is important....The way to happiness lies not in mindless hedonism, but in mindful challenge."--New York Times Book Review

"Rethinks what motivates people."--Newsweek

An intriguing look at the age-old problem of human happiness.--Library Journal

Documents a set of scientific discoveries about human nature that actually illuminates the life experiences of all persons.--Howard Gardner, author of Frames of Mind

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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 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.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; 1st edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0061339202
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 2.29 x 13.46 x 20.07 cm
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