Flow

Written By: Mihaly Csikszentmihaly

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Publisher’s Summary: 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 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 and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

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Flow: Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
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Csikszentmihalyi one of the most recognized researchers in Positive Psychology.In the nine chapters of Learning to Flow introduces us at practical levels and with empirical evidence to what he calls the optimal experience “the flow”; The author through Csikszentmihalyi used the word flow to describe the optimal experience, given that the short word was used by many of the people interviewed for more than twenty years by the same professor, to describe the mental state they felt. Flow or flow, in simple terms is to be in total harmony with a project or with anything that we are doing.It is similar to the sensation that occurs when meditating, or exercising, but not only is applied to these activities, but can be experienced when performing any activity of daily living.In this line, Csíkszentmihályi also stands out for his research on mental well-being, creativity, fun and happiness.From the earliest days of his professional life, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi began his research with people who stood out for their creativity as artists or scientists; Wondering what made them feel that it was right to devote so much time, effort and dedication to their respective projects. These people pointed out that in the moments when they were deeply concentrated in their projects, they felt that things simply flowed.

Some of the conditions linked to flow are: A high level of concentration, which can even lose the notion of time. An intense enjoyment. Feeling of knowing well what is done. Feeling that you are capable and that you have it under control * Tranquility. Unlike the simple experimentation of pleasure, whose enjoyment is instantaneous and can be achieved without further effort, the optimum experience to which the author refers requires profound attention. When someone has chosen a goal and gets involved in it to the limits of their concentration, anything they do will be enjoyable.

However, the author considers that the state of flow, is intimately linked to happiness, since in both of them we experience practically the same sensations. Making happiness happen is the idea that comes up in your book. Put all the consciousness at the service of a realistic goal and direct the energy to achieve it.