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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 Library section along with the audio.

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

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Not the actual book

Quality of audio is week and chapters are not in sequence as the book of paperback version

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A must read<br />

An in depth analysis of what make a life what it's actually meant to be. A positive, enjoyable, personal journey.
A lot of common sense and research based facts, for all ages. Without boring technical jargon.
This should be a high school text book, due to emense influence of technology on the young minds.
For sure the best book of its kind.

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Thoroughly enjoyed Flow

I listened to this book in one day and found it extremely interesting and thought provoking. The author doesn’t dwell on points to stretch the length of the book, it’s concise and a pleasure to listen to. I’ll likely listen to it again sometime as I start to put the advice into practice.

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Hard to get through

This was an ok book it had some good concepts but I could not stop from falling asleep every time I listened to this author. This book took me several months to get through because I couldn't stay awake for most of it. A lot of repetition, maybe it'lll be better to just get the hardcopy version.

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Great Book 📙

Great thought patterns, ideas and concepts. Easy to listen to and flow along with ;)

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are you bored?

#Audible1
work, hobbies, waiting in line, eating, conversing, watching tv, reading, walking get into the flow state. dont feel like its a chore make them your opportunities that will give you meaning and satisfaction in life

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Great resource for understanding flow

I'll be referencing this book from time to time to remind myself on the importance of flow in my life.

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loved it!

the narrator/author was difficult to understand. but enjoyed what I heard. I have shifted to experience the flow every chance opportunity i chose. loved it

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  • Jeffrey D. Proud
  • 2015-06-19

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.

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  • Audiack - Casual PC Builder
  • 2015-04-19

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.

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  • Sami
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • 2015-07-08

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

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  • Arlo Paranhos
  • 2015-04-15

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-08-06

Not much more than the TED talk

The foundational idea of flow is very powerful and well researched. I hoped that this book would deepen my understanding beyond what I had already read online. However, this audiobook becomes less interesting as it progresses. The author seems intent to apply flow to every aspect of life (family, religion) without providing the scientific backing that make the earliest chapters so powerful.

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  • Andrew D Milne
  • Ottawa Canada
  • 2015-03-11

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.

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  • theory pleeb
  • 2015-04-02

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.

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  • Joseph Vodziak
  • 2018-03-27

the ideas presented are great but it's a dry read

The state of flow is something we have all experienced but didn't realize was a goal we should be working towards in our everyday lives

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  • Himanshu Pandya
  • Mumbai
  • 2015-03-20

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.

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  • Spotted Mamma
  • Portland, OR
  • 2017-07-24

Couldn't Finish This Book

Would you try another book from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and/or Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi?

Only if it were read by someone else.

What could Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If Mr. Csikszentmihalyi had allowed an actor to read this book for him I may know if it were any good but he has a voice for droning one to sleep. Sorry but I just couldn't listen beyond the first 2 chapters. Now if there's a version by a voice actor I'll try it again!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The only thing missing from the Author's voice was a warm room with dim lights and an uncomfortable chair after lunch.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Hire someone else to read the book. Mr. Csikszentmihalyi's book is referenced by other authors that I've enjoyed so I really wanted to listen... just can't get past the voice.

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  • Damien Thouvenin
  • 2017-09-09

Extraordinaire pensée d'un homme étonnant

Recommanderiez-vous ce livre audio à un ami ? Expliquez pourquoi.

Ce livre audio – qui ressemble plus à un séminaire qu'à un livre – présente le travail de Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, un des plus grands psychologues américains de la deuxième moitié du 20ème siècle. Il présente d'abord sa théorie du « Flow », puis explique comment on peut atteindre cet état de Flow dans tous les compartiments de sa vie.

Le Flow c'est un état d'expérience optimale que nous vivons tous à certains moments lorsque nous perdons la notion du temps parce que nous sommes totalement concentrés sur ce que nous faisons, imergés dans une action qui mobilise nos meilleures capacités. Pour certains ce sera en jouant, d'autres en travaillant, dans une compétition sportive ou dans un récital de musique ... peu importe car ce qui est important c'est l'impact psychologique qu'a cet état sur notre chimie du cerveau et sur notre bonheur.

Au travers de 60 ans de recherches, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi a accumulé tellement d'exemples et d'annecdotes sur ce sujet que ça en fait un conteur extraordinaire qu'on écouterait des heures.

Quel était le moment le plus mémorable de Flow ?

L'histoire qui m'a le plus marquée est celle des prisonniers politiques hongrois qui, dans les prisons soviétiques, ont organisé des concours littéraires et poétiques afin de se donner un challenge et un objectif. Privés de tout, ils écrivaient leur brouillon en le gravant sur un morceau de savon puis l'apprenaient par coeur pour le réciter aux autres lors de la promenade... bref c'est insensé mais cela leur a permis de résister au découragement et de -garder intactes leurs facultés intellectuelles pendant les dizaines d'années d'emprisonnement.

Qu'avez-vous aimé de la performance de Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ?

C'est très décomplexant d'écouter ce type qui est un ponte mondial et qui vit aux Etats Unis depuis la seconde guerre mondiale s'exprimer dans un anglais parfait du point de vue du vocabulaire ou de la grammaire mais avec un accent européen de l'est digne des pires carcatures de nazis dans un film de série B. Il est cela dit très compréhensible une fois qu'on s'est habitué à sa manière de dire tings pour things et autres joyeusetés.

Auriez-vous pu écouter ce livre audio en une seule fois ?

Sans doute (nonobstant sa durée)

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  • david
  • 2019-02-23

you should listen on 2x <br />

wow, I dont want to be like heartless critic but this book was a joke, slow and I did not get anything

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  • swenge
  • 2018-12-04

not practical for what i was looking for.

not practical enough for i was looking for. too bad because im pretty sure that he could have done it.