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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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  • 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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  • N. Cassidy
  • 13-11-17

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Black NYC Stilettos
  • 19-06-18

Narrator is a snooze chapters 4 &5 sexist

Copyright 1800s? Extraordinarily sexist material. What do “gender roles” have to do with flow? Chapter 4 is written to completely undermine professional women. Very disappointed I wasted money on this.

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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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  • 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!

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  • Gassuna
  • 30-06-17

Great book

This was a great book. Lots of great information and things to do to increase flow. As a doctoral psychology student it is a great book for me to read. If you are looking for ways to increase your flow or the science behind understanding it check this book out. It's good. I plan to read it again.

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  • James
  • 10-03-16

Stupid

If you're looking to Waze five hours of your time and not reach any conclusions, then this is the book for you

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