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  • ISBN: 0061339202
  • ISBN: 9780061339202
  • Physical Description: xii, 303, 16 p. ; 21cm.
  • Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008, c1990.

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Includes reader's guide.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-303).
Formatted Contents Note: Preface -- 1. Happiness revisited -- Introduction -- Overview -- The roots of discontent -- The shields of culture -- Reclaiming experience -- Paths of liberation -- 2. 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 -- 3. Enjoyment and the quality of life -- Pleasure and enjoyment -- The elements of enjoyment -- The autotelic experience -- 4. The conditions of flow -- Flow activities -- Flow and culture -- The autotelic personality -- The people of flow -- 5. 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 -- 6. 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 -- 7. Work as flow -- Autotelic workers -- Autotelic jobs -- The paradox of work -- The waste of free time -- 8. 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 -- 9. Cheating chaos -- Tragedies transformed -- Coping with stress -- The power of dissipative structures -- The autotelic self : a summary -- 10. The making of meaning -- What meaning means -- Cultivating purpose -- Forging resolve -- Recovering harmony -- The unification of meaning in life themes -- Notes -- References.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Subject: Happiness

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Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience
by Csíkszentmihályi, Mihály
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Flow : The Psychology of Optimal Experience

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." (Bowker Author Biography)

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