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Part psychological study, part self-help book, Finding Flow is a prescriptive guide that helps us reclaim ownership of our lives.

Based on a far-reaching study of thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware of and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: During much of the day, we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, and during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom. The key, according to Csikszentmihalyi, is to challenge ourselves with tasks requiring a high degree of skill and commitment. Instead of watching television, play the piano. Transform a routine task by taking a different approach. In short, learn the joy of complete engagement. Though they appear simple, the lessons in Finding Flow are life altering.

©1997 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

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I was expecting a guided personal development book

After hearing multiple references to this author’s wisdom from other sources, I expected more from this book. To me, it did define Flow, but did not do much of a job at giving instructions on how to move from where we are now into the flow state. Much of his examples were of people who were already experiencing flow, not of how someone went from low flow to high flow content in their life. So I feel the title of this book “Finding Flow” doesn’t fit its story. Maybe it should be called “Those Who Have Flow”. If you are looking to define flow and who achieves it and when they do, this is a good book for you. It’s not a practical guidebook.

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A must read for every human!

This book should be added as a must to every person’s early education. Perfectly explaining the most fundamental aspects of happiness and self-fulfillment. Listened to it in one session! Do yourself a favor, read it!

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excellent material, strong concept

had read before and this was a tremendous great refresher. combines some universal thoughts that work.

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Great book. Easy to listen and relate to.

I loved reading this book in part because it hit home on some of my own questions as to why I am unhappy and how to be more productive with my freetime.

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Flow! A Great Concept to live by.

Flow! A Great concept to strive to and live by. What surprised me was how he pushed his atheism on his readers though.

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An evidence based approach to truly living

The author has a great personal story. He has done fascinating in-depth research. He presents his prescription for living "in the flow" clearly. I heartily recommend this listen.

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Flow, streaming of sense and consciousness

Although the book became a 'cannon', it could set a remarkable stage to those who want to find the secret of success, flow. Unlike overflow state, flow can be stated as capability linking state of mindset of one individual reasonable. As the society advances, more information and knowledge circulate around, flow became essential. All need to focus in certain work by clearing mindset, organizing tasks, and optimizing objects. Find your flow state by reading thia book. I recommend it.

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My first complete audio book experience

Loved it. Other books I had just not been able to finish them. Maybe because I'm so passionate about the subject. Great!

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A few nuggets but seemed to meander

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An interesting subject ("flow") but I felt that the material meandered-- felt like a collection of findings, anecdotes, opinions; some of it repetitive, some of it seemingly unrelated to "flow." Perhaps it could have been organized better. Some interesting points here and there but it didn't seem to build up to anything. In fact, the ending felt "new age," out of place, and unsatisfying.

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Not as much about the subject as I had hoped...

...instead, several hours of gender work tropes... and oddly enough, some self-contradictions (the author has his own bias about genders in the workplace, and addresses mostly men). If you're interested in the research being done on flow states, or if you're a woman - you can probably skip this one.

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  • 03-28-20

My fave book!!

Love how informed I felt after- each chapter was a rediscovery of myself and the world around me!

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  • Debabrat
  • 02-14-20

marvelous book on positive psychology

It is first time I am reading a book on positive psychology which life changing. And psychology is not just about mental illness it is about being extremely effective in this chaotic life.

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  • Saoud Moco
  • 01-04-18

An OK audio book

Fell a little below expectations, got repetitive in the middle and seemed to debunk religion more than talking on flow at the end

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-28-21

The Key

A cohesive well researched
Bridge builder for your own path.
No placebos here. I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Swede
  • 03-22-21

Essential reading

Csíkszentmihályi, one of the founders of positive psychology, ie, the science of well-being, provides in this book an overview of one of the essential elements of building a good life: flow. For anyone interested in living fully, this book will be valuable.

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  • JedHoll
  • 05-30-17

Interesting concept

Given this author's work is so heavily cited by other authors I had hoped for more aha moments

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  • fabiola
  • 01-31-17

exceptional

the book starts a bit slow but builds to lots of interesting ideas to learn & think of.

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  • 10-05-20

a great mix of theory and practical applications

nice easy listen. this is my favourite book so far about the flow state as it had practical tips and also touched on the different aspects of flow that people may be encounter in their lives.

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  • Racquel t.
  • 09-03-17

I returned

this book said nothing about flow, other than 20minutes at the end of chapter 2, haha. It was a book that explained statistics of who worked where and how people feel about work. I was so disappointed, I gave it a chance, but it never got better.

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