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“Csikszentmihalyi arrives at an insight that many of us can intuitively grasp, despite our insistent (and culturally supported) denial of this truth. That is, it is not what happens to us that determines our happiness, but the manner in which we make sense of that reality. . . . The manner in which Csikszentmihalyi integrates research on consciousness, personal psychology and spirituality is illuminating.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
The bestselling classic that holds the key to unlocking meaning, creativity, peak performance, and true happiness.
Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi ("the leading researcher into ‘flow states’" —Newsweek) demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness, unlock our potential, and greatly improve the quality of our lives.
What makes a good life? Is it money? An important job? Leisure time? Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believes our obsessive focus on such measures has led us astray. Work fills our days with anxiety and pressure, so that during our free time, we tend to live in boredom, watching TV or absorbed by our phones.
What are we missing? To answer this question, Csikszentmihalyi studied thousands of people, and he found the key. People are happiest when they challenge themselves with tasks that demand a high degree of skill and commitment, and which are undertaken for their own sake. Instead of watching television, play the piano. Take a routine chore and figure out how to do it better, faster, more efficiently. In short, learn the hidden power of complete engagement, a psychological state the author calls flow. Though they appear simple, the lessons in Finding Flow are life-changing.
“Although the benefits of this study to scholars are obvious, this thought-provoking mixture of scholarly and colloquial will enlighten inquisitive general readers, too.” — Library Journal (starred review)
The classic study of the creative process from the bestselling author of Flow.
Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (“The leading researcher into ‘flow states.’” — Newsweek) reveals what leads to these moments—be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab—so that this knowledge can be used to enrich people's lives. Drawing on nearly one hundred interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists, to politicians and business leaders, to poets and artists, as well as his thirty years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous flow theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the "tortured genius" is largely a myth. Most important, he explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.
Ask any serious runner and they’ll tell you that being mentally sound is vital to success in the sport. The ability to enter a flow state of mind is something that Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has devoted his entire career to understanding.
In Running Flow, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi is joined by fellow psychologist Christine Weinkauff and running journalist and coach Philip Latter. This landmark work is the first book dedicated to helping runners achieve the state of flow in competitive and training environments. You’ll find comprehensive coverage of the phenomenon, unique practice exercises that stimulate its occurrence, and firsthand accounts from elite runners about their flow experiences.
The psychological barriers associated with training and competition can be as demanding as the physical ones. Destined to become a running classic, Running Flow will open your mind not only to better performance but also to a better, healthier, and more enjoyable experience.
The acclaimed sequel to the international bestseller Flow: an intelligent, inspiring guide to unlocking the evolutionary history of our present consciousness, and “becoming at one with the power that is the universe.”
“A book of singular importance and timeliness, one with momentous implications for the future.”— Howard Gardner
In Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s bestselling Flow, he introduced readers to a radical new theory of happiness. Now in The Evolving Self—his breakthrough sequel—he demonstrates how we can understand and overcome our evolutionary shortcomings. Premised on the idea that only through a reckoning with our evolutionary past can we build a stable, meaningful future, The Evolving Self covers the challenges associated with our cognitive evolutionary history (“As far as controlling the mind is concerned, we are like a novice driver behind the wheel of a racing car”); the distortions of reality we experience due to genes, culture, and our sense of self; and the central importance of “flow” from an evolutionary perspective as we look toward the future.
Erudite, perceptive, and insightful—and more important now than ever, as our consciousnesses are increasingly mediated by electronic devices—The Evolving Self is a timely resource for anyone looking to improve our world for ourselves and for generations to come.
En la vida, cada persona siente de vez en cuando un estado de experiencia óptima, eso momentos en los que uno se siente poseído por un profundo sentimiento de gozo creativo, de concentración activa, de absorción en lo que se está haciendo. Como resultado de investigaciones sicológicas, este libro explica que el meollo de la “experiencia óptima” es un estado de conciencia al que denomina fluir. También explica cómo este fluir puede ser controlado y provocado, cómo uno puede ajustar sus energías y sus habilidades a los retos concretos de la vida.
Good Business starts with the premise that this is an age in which business and work have replaced religion and politics as central forces in contemporary life. The book reveals how business leaders, managers, and even employees can find their "flow" and contribute not only to their own happiness, but also to a just and evolving society. It identifies the factors crucial to the operation of a good business: trust, the commitment to fostering the personal growth of employees, and the dedication to creating a product that helps mankind. Good Business is sure to become a must-read text for anyone who values the positive contributions of individuals in the changing world of business.
Исследуя творческих личностей, автор обнаружил в своих исследованиях, что они счастливы благодаря тому, что в процессе озарения испытывают состояние потока. Но поток не является исключительным достоянием каких-то особых людей. Автор выстраивает детальную, стройную и экспериментально подтвержденную теорию, в центре которой находится идея потока. Это состояние полного слияния со своим делом, поглощения им, когда не ощущаешь времени, самого себя, когда вместо усталости возникает постоянный прилив энергии.
Михай Чиксентмихайи – один из наиболее признанных и авторитетных во всем мире психологов.
Edição revista e atualizada do clássico best-seller sobre flow — a chave para a criatividade, o alto desempenho e a felicidade.
Durante mais de vinte anos, o renomado psicólogo Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi pesquisou sobre o estado de concentração total e satisfação profunda. Seus estudos revelaram que o que torna uma experiência genuinamente agradável é o que ele chama de "flow" — um momento de completa concentração, em que estamos tão absortos em uma atividade que conseguimos alcançar um estado ideal de felicidade.
Neste livro revolucionário, ele explica como esse mecanismo funciona no comportamento humano e o que podemos fazer para aprimorá-lo. Flow é um clássico sobre felicidade e uma das grandes contribuições à psicologia contemporânea.
"Flowdestaca a exatidão do que os filósofos vêm dizendo há séculos: o caminho para a felicidade não está no hedonismo irracional, mas sim no desafio consciente." — The New York Times
"Uma profunda análise cultural… A maneira com que Csikszentmihalyi integra pesquisas em consciência, psicologia pessoal e espiritualidade é reveladora." — Los Angeles Times
"Repensa o que motiva as pessoas." — Newsweek