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In flow, everyday experience becomes a moment by moment opportunity for joy and self-fulfillment. Flow is the brain-child of a fascinating psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a renowned social scientist who has devoted his life's work to the study of what makes people truly happy, satisfied and fulfilled. While much of the study of psychology investigates disorders of the human mind, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi takes a different route. He focuses on the noble side of human nature, our capacity for living a life of integrity, courage, and perseverance. With his landmark research on flow, he reveals what he considers beautiful in life, ways of being and behaving that make people happy, satisfied and delighted to be alive. His insights into the "flow experience" show ways to lessen stress, fear and anxiety while increasing feelings of challenge, joy and excitement. The revolutionary findings of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Experience Sampling Method offer unprecedented information about the specific ways we can turn life into a continuous high quality experience. You'll discover how anyone can enrich his or her quality of life simply by learning how flow occurs and what it feels like. You'll learn about the key elements of the flow experience including:


why it is important to know what you want to do in any given moment
specific activities you can do that produce flow easily and naturally
how to improve your experience of work so you feel in control and rewarded by it
keys to harnessing the power of concentration
the difference between pleasure and enjoyment (only one leads to personal growth)
how to match challenges with skills to avoid boredom and frustration and maximize enjoyment

Once you experience the exhilaration of the "flow" state of being, you'll want to return again and again.
©1994 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (P)1994 Nightingale Conant
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By Andrew D Milne on 03-11-15

Simple concept, hard to achieve...

An excellent book. I love the rational concepts and I've tried to apply them on a day-to-day basis. It's not as easy as it sounds but the effort and the journey are a welcome new perspective.

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By Arlo Paranhos on 04-15-15

Good content, but dated format.

Good original content. Produced as audio tapes, later converted to MP3, so format and audio quality seem a bit dated.

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By Amazon Customer on 06-28-15

This written book is excellent, this is not

I have read the text version of this book a couple of times and it is very good. However this is not, as claimed an unabridged version of the book. It is a talk by the author that covers the same subject matter and ideas but, in my opinion not as well or as comprehensively as the written text.

The narration by the author is a prime example of why authors aren't always the best people to narrate an audio version of their book. Maybe his slightly unclear diction would have been more understandable and enjoyable to listen to if the recording and production values were good. But they are not, it is a noisy 'dirty', echoing recording.

If you are unable to read a text version of the book then go ahead with this because the underlying ideas are worth hearing. if it is at all possible for you to actually read the 'real' book then do that because it's a whole lot better than this.

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By Mr. O. Jollands on 04-17-15

Good information in a soup of chintz

Some of the information in this book is useful and the ideas have informed a lot of other peoples work so for that reason I would try another book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi but I would research its audio quality better first.

This book actually seems to be a collected series of talks and the talks would appear to be fairly old with relatively poor quality audio recording. Think going back to VHS if you're used to DVD and it's about there.

The element that really does this book a disservice though is not so much the narration, as regardless of their voice I tend to enjoy the original author reading their own work, but that the audio quality has been accepted and that the production is flooded with awful chinzy music that wouldn't be amiss in a 1970's school video aimed at educating you about oxbow lake formation or something similar.

Personally I'd recommend checking out some more recent work that is formed off of some of the points raised in this work or getting the physical book to read unless you have a high tolerance to cut through some pretty awful audio production for some information that is in the modern context not overly unique.

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By Kindle Customer on 09-19-16

The scientific explanation of happiness

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi puts in words how to achieve enjoyment and happiness in everything we do in your life, placing in our hands the control of our destiny or, at least, how we can face it in a bearable way. Even more, how can we change it by changing out attitudes towards everything we do.

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By Pk on 03-20-17

Good book. Average sound.

Great information but the program can become dull and hard to listen to at times, which has more to do with the tape quality sound rather than the presentation itself being boring.

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