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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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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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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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  • Sami
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • 07-08-15

Dissappointed!

I was looking forward to learn the art of FLOW. However, I found repetitive content and a boring tone of narrating.

I couldn't really come up with a real grasp on it. Maybe it's me! Maybe I need to hear it again, but towards the end of the book, I was really getting annoyed with the book

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Strong content, sub-par production values

I found the content to be inspired and clearly communicated. The structure and extemporaneous delivery could have been easier to follow.

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That music and those voice actors though...

It's very dated. I used to listen to really old self help tips about 10 years ago and that is with the sounds like. The style was just a obnoxious, but the content is really good. Definitely a good preliminary glance at the concept of flow, and thanks to the voice actor I can now pronounce the authors name.

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Insightful

It is an extract of The author's life work, in a way that can be understood by a common reader. A good listen indeed.

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loved it

this book changed the way I think about work and daily living. i highly recommended.

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The story of FLOW by the Master himself.

This wasn't a book as much as it was a series of quiet, thoughtful talks. I enjoyed it very much.

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Didn't return, but wish I would

It's a recording of an old book-on -tape. The content is fine,but you can't afford it up without it getting garbled. There's about 5 pages worth of content and the rest is filler. Read a short abstract of the book and move on with your life.

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the ideas presented are great but it's a dry read

The state of flow is something we have all experienced but didn't realize was a goal we should be working towards in our everyday lives

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Mr. O. Jollands
  • 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 03-24-15

Fantastically allows you to identify passions

Very interesting to clearly be able to see all the potential for flow in the interwoven complexities of our lives

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  • FEAA
  • 03-06-15

Life changing

One of the most life changing books I've ever read. Really makes you think about your life and what you can do to make the most of the everyday. You can't change everything but you can live with more 'flow'.

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  • Charlott
  • 07-26-15

I loved it!

This book should be listened to everyone. Mihaly shares such powerful insights in his speech. I am happy that I found it.

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  • robert
  • 10-10-15

This book should be taught at school

'Flow' should be the subject for a class held once a week at secondary schools across the world.

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  • R. Newton
  • 02-21-15

Great book well told

Enjoyed the content and the presentation. The reader is very believable.
It makes Flow easy to understand. It is illustrated in various ways with examples from other peoples lives. I used it to identify the flow in my life so that I can further build and enhance my enjoyment.
It explains what you need to do to get flow in a simplified way that appears easy to follow and is easy to relate to your own situation to develop goals, skills and focus.
I enjoyed it so much that I have spent all of my Saturday listening to it.

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  • Vee
  • 06-14-18

Fantastic content. Reader a bit monotonous but..

doesnt take away from tge quality of content in the book. Plenty of tools to take away and try apply to my life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

The narrator makes the difference

Very interesting and good book. Narrator's voice is the professor himself, therefore it felt like attending a long lecture, I did not like that.

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  • Mr. S. Green
  • 12-13-17

Great timeless principles

Most people have an idea about Flow or getting 'in the zone' ... Mihaly expands much deeper on it and how it can be applied to everyday life to make it more purposeful, enjoyable and ultimately make you grow!

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  • Gus G.
  • 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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  • Pk
  • 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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  • Nemo dat
  • 02-21-16

Book on how to live life

This books goes beyond outlining flow's concept to enunciating the author's thoughtful view of life.

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  • Max
  • 02-16-18

heading

not bad
needs more practical tasks to develop flow
otherwise it looks more like theory.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-18

Disappointing to say the least...

Straight up awful. Normally I enjoy the author narrating.. not so with this one. I found this book to be wishy washy feel good rubbish. The combination of the super lame subject matter and the authors heavily accented naration left me compelled to write this review in the hope that others may avoid wasting thier time and money on this rubbish.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-26-17

Love the concept of flow. It is so true

I'm so happy that the author was the narrator to this title. The concept of flow is so true and everyone can find it in the everyday tasks

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  • Elizabeth Stein
  • 11-23-17

Riveting

I couldn't stop listening to this book. It was so good and inspirational for simple ideas and possibilities to live a more full filling life :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-17

I was expecting a "how to" book to achieve flow

This is more of an anecdotal story of others who have flow. But lacks in describing what this concept of "flow" is beyond an abstract concept. A little disappointed because it describes "flow" as more of an attitude change. It is possible to summarise the book into 5 mins. It is probably very enjoyable as light reading.

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  • Ally
  • 03-15-17

Wow, I Learned So Much!

Mihaly has done an amazing service to anyone who picks up this book.
My advice;
If you got it the first listen - super, listen to it again!
If you think it's worth another listen - I totally agree!
If you got lost somewhere along the way, leave it for a month, a year and pick it up again - you won't regret it!

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  • Ronan Leonard
  • 12-25-16

A great breakdown of a really important subject

I really enjoyed this book and there was some great practical advice to follow. I thought towards the end that it ran out of steam and did repeat a few phrases. overall a good read.