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Flow Audiobook

Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities

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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©1994 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (P)1994 Nightingale Conant

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    Amazon Customer Keighley, United Kingdom 28/06/2015
    Amazon Customer Keighley, United Kingdom 28/06/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charlott Halmstad, Sweden 26/07/2015
    Charlott Halmstad, Sweden 26/07/2015 Member Since 2012

    Holistic Health Coach and Teacher

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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. O. Jollands London, UK 17/04/2015
    Mr. O. Jollands London, UK 17/04/2015 Member Since 2014

    Reader of books, colorist of comics, listener of podcasts.

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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    robert 10/10/2015
    robert 10/10/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Fronczak Warsaw, Poland 09/06/2015
    Anita Fronczak Warsaw, Poland 09/06/2015 Member Since 2016

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    "Like listening to newspaper's poor advice column"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miss 24/03/2015
    Miss 24/03/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    FEAA 06/03/2015
    FEAA 06/03/2015

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    "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'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Newton Llangollen 21/02/2015
    R. Newton Llangollen 21/02/2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JamesJohnson 14/11/2016
    JamesJohnson 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Really pleased with this - very good course"
    What made the experience of listening to Flow the most enjoyable?

    A lot of these type of self-help audiobooks are narrators just reading the book. This isn't, it is more like a course given by the Mihaly himself. Where other people are quoted, different actors narrate the quotes.


    What other book might you compare Flow to, and why?

    Of this type of book this is one of the best.


    What does Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It's not him reading a book, it is him actually giving a course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 14/11/2016
    Matthew 14/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "good read"

    good advice and good examples of everyday activities being used. one thing ill do is expand my flow activities to personal time. at the moment I do it only in work I think. some things I'm going to do is. write short stories. walk. run. read. learn a new language

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew D Milne
    Ottawa Canada
    11/03/15
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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Himanshu Pandya
    Mumbai
    20/03/15
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Arlo Paranhos
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    15/04/15
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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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sami
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    08/07/15
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    "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

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dave M
    02/04/15
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Audiack - Casual PC Builder
    19/04/15
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Dallas, TX
    10/07/15
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    "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.

    Very Thankful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raul A Velazquez
    Hialeah, FL United States
    07/07/15
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    "Flow pass the chaos of self."
    What did you love best about Flow?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It help me realize we all journey through the same obstacles in life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly R Clemnet
    20/06/15
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    "loved it"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey D. Proud
    St. Paul, MN
    19/06/15
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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