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Flow : the psychology of optimal experience

Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008.
Series: Harper Perennial modern classics
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ratgeber
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
ISBN: 9780061339202 0061339202 9780060162535 0060162538
OCLC Number: 747004872
Notes: Includes reader's guide.
Description: 303 Seiten.
Contents: Preface --
1. Happiness revisited --
Introduction --
Overview --
The roots of discontent --
The shields of culture --
Reclaiming experience --
Paths of liberation --
2. The anatomy of consciousness --
The limits of consciousness --
Attention as psychic energy --
Enter the self --
Disorder in consciousness : psychic entropy --
Order in consciousness : flow --
Complexity and the growth of the self --
3. Enjoyment and the quality of life --
Pleasure and enjoyment --
The elements of enjoyment --
The autotelic experience --
4. The conditions of flow --
Flow activities --
Flow and culture --
The autotelic personality --
The people of flow --
5. The body in flow --
Higher, faster, stronger --
The joys of movement --
Sex as flow --
The ultimate control : yoga and the martial arts --
Flow through the senses : the joys of seeing --
The flow of music --
The joys of tasting --
6. The flow of thought --
The mother of science --
The rules of the games of the mind --
The play of words --
Befriending Clio --
The delights of science --
Loving wisdom --
Amateurs and professionals --
The challenge of lifelong learning --
7. Work as flow --
Autotelic workers --
Autotelic jobs --
The paradox of work --
The waste of free time --
8. Enjoying solitude and other people --
The conflict between being alone and being with others --
The pain of loneliness --
Taming solitude --
Flow and the family --
Enjoying friends --
The wider community --
9. Cheating chaos --
Tragedies transformed --
Coping with stress --
The power of dissipative structures --
The autotelic self : a summary --
10. The making of meaning --
What meaning means --
Cultivating purpose --
Forging resolve --
Recovering harmony --
The unification of meaning in life themes --
Notes --
References.
Series Title: Harper Perennial modern classics
Responsibility: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

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Providing an introduction to "flow," a new field of behavioral science that offers life-fulfilling potentialities, this study explains its principals and shows how to introduce flow into all aspects  Read more...

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