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Finding Flow : The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life

Finding Flow : The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465045136

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ISBN13: 978-0465045136
ISBN10: 0465045138
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Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 1997
International: No

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Finding Flow : The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465045136

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

ISBN13: 978-0465045136
ISBN10: 0465045138
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Part psychological study, part self-help book, Finding Flow is a prescriptive guide that helps us reclaim ownership of our lives. Based on a far-reaching study of thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: during much of the day we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, while during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom. The key, according to Csikszentmihalyi, is to challenge ourselves with tasks requiring a high degree of skill and commitment. Instead of watching television, play the piano. Transform a routine task by taking a different approach. In short, learn the joy of complete engagement. Thought they appear simple, the lessons in Finding Flow are life-altering.

Table of Contents

  1. The Structures of Everyday Life
  2. The Content of Experience
  3. How We Feel When Doing Different Things
  4. The Paradox of Work
  5. The Risks and Opportunities of Leisure
  6. Relationships and the Quality of Life
  7. Changing the Patterns of Life
  8. The Autotelic Personality
  9. The Love of Fate
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