Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Psychology
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 89 Ratings)

Book Synopsis


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 ("the leading researcher into ‘flow states’" —Newsweek) 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.

"Explores a happy state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity." —Time

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Latest Impressions

  • Great ideas, poor writing

    By piffinpinnicus
    While the concepts in this book are sound, the writing in this book is extremely poor. Pedantic allusions and judgmental ramblings abound. The core concept of the "flow" state, which should be stated at the outset, is not introduced until several chapters in; most chapters that follow are redundant and verbose rehashings of this concept. The author's obsession with subjective happiness overshadows the implications of "flow" for education and professional-level skill development and performance. For a book that has been hailed as so revolutionary, it was quite a disappointing read.
  • Great book

    By Maresquare
    I read this book in Graduate School and just had to get this book as an audiobook. It's a great reminder of capturing those precious moments of when we are totally immersed in the present moment.
  • Important!

    By Matt Laffredo
    Read this book many years ago. Have recommended it to many. Helped pull me out of a black hole I was in about 15 years ago. I guarantee if you read it you will get at least something out of it.