Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Everyone is fond of flow experiences. Flow experiences are the moments when we feel a renewed sense of being. We feel that we are indeed alive. All of our energy is focused on a single experience. And such experiences become the landmark memories in our minds. Triggered by this unmatched level of enjoyment, we look forward to such experiences even more.

A flow experience could be entering a new romantic relationship where everything feels perfect in the beginning, making a new piece of music that catches your fancy, or meeting an old friend after several years. Such flow experiences carry a different level of vibrant energy.

The ideas in this book show you how to take control of such flow experiences in life. Imagine how joyful you would become if you could have such experiences on demand. Although this will require active use of your skills and energy, this book will teach you how to have that optimum experience.

Once you attain the wisdom from this book, you’ll no longer chase short-lived pleasures like sex or power. You’ll be able to design your life for the optimum experience. Life will become more happening and meaningful.

About the Author

A Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States. He recognised and named the psychological concept of flow, a highly focused mental state. He is the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College.

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