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:
Once you experience the exhilaration of the "flow" state of being, you'll want to return again and again.
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©1994 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (P)1994 Nightingale Conant
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.
Holistic Health Coach and Teacher
This book should be listened to everyone. Mihaly shares such powerful insights in his speech. I am happy that I found it.
Reader of books, colorist of comics, listener of podcasts.
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.
Author may be great psychological pioneer, but because of style of narrative, book is hardly bearable. Author, with violin in the background, preaches uneducated people, who are not used to think, how to behave and what is the meaning of life. Supported by prerecorded interviews with people or stories fully supporting current chapter's thesis.
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'.
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.
This was just his old Cassette tapes digitised. Good content, very poor performance.
While the idea of flow is interesting, this is a lot closer to a self help book than a psychological one. Would advise you to find a summary on the Internet instead of listening to this.
great idea and nice to have Mihaly Csikszentmihalye with his down to earth and casual way - smiling at la condition humaine- narrate his very well chosen stories and findings in the form of an interview - with his own voice on this recording.
the touching case studies and anecdotes really bring to clarity not only on a cognitive but also on an emotional level on how we can choose a fulfilling life in flow and turn obstacles into artful turns in our lives -even into beacons.
"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.
"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.
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.
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
"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.
"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.
"Applicable and impressive"
I really enjoyed the real life applications that I can use towards increasing flow. It helped me to realize what areas of flow I have already experience.
"Flow pass the chaos of self."
Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi presents an outline of applicable solutions to everyday problems which we all tend to face. It's an audio book to enjoy multiple times as one refines oneself.
It help me realize we all journey through the same obstacles in life.
this book changed the way I think about work and daily living. i highly recommended.
"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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