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Finding Flow

The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life
Narrated by: Sean Pratt
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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Summary

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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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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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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  • @insurancebillvj
  • 08-06-18

excellent material, strong concept

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

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  • Ethan
  • 01-06-18

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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  • Magda
  • 15-04-17

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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  • Martin Fierro
  • 24-06-16

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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  • Jeff Tanner
  • 19-07-16

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-19

A must-read

Truly one of the best Books I’ve read! Also very well narrated. I really recommend!

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  • KMB
  • 08-02-19

Great Insights

Really made us think. Very good book on finding the path that brings you the most energy and personal success. So many powerful nuggets!

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  • noe
  • 01-12-18

Life purpose and life changing book!

Perfect timing in my life to enter Flow; amazing insights and Psychological observations to support a great life. Amazing work Mihaly and great Narrator Sean.

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  • Arthur Prilutzki
  • 24-11-18

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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  • Adail Retamal
  • 19-05-18

Flow is the way

Flow is invaluable in nature, manufacturing, economy, relationships and, as Mihaly demonstrates, in our inner lives. This is a fantastic contribution to self-development, and delivered beautifully by the narrator. Highly recommended for anyone seeking higher levels of performance!