Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Paperback)
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"Explores a happy state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity." — Time
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.
About the Author
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a professor at Claremont Graduate University and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. His previous books include The Evolving Self and the national bestseller Flow.
"Documents a set of scientific discoveries about human nature that actually illuminates the life experiences of all persons."
— Howard Gardner, author of Frames of Mind
“Flow is important....The way to happiness lies not in mindless hedonism, but in mindful challenge.”
— New York Times Book Review
“Rethinks what motivates people.”
"An intriguing look at the age-old problem of human happiness."
— Library Journal
“[A] passionate and eloquent defense...[of] intellectual as well as emotional commitment to pleasure, for society’s sake as well as our own.”
“Explore[s] a happy state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity”
— Time magazine