- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: RHUK (1 August 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712657592
- ISBN-13: 978-0712657594
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Flow: The Classic Work On How To Achieve Happiness Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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This classic popular psychology title explains how, by altering our perspective, we can find happiness, dispel disharmony and enter a state of perfect equilibrium - a state of 'flow'See all Product description
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As the author says rightly, more or less we know how to achieve happiness but a scholar had to do research on the same! It's an humble statement on the great work done.
Probably he captures the gist when he mentions about a quote in Viktor Frankl's preface to 'Man's Search for Meaning' happiness (and success) must happen,... you have to let it happen by not caring about it'. In a way, 'happiness (and success) must not be pursued; they should ensue.'
The author provides a great insight into 'Flow' in a lucid manner. Awaiting the exciting ride through the remaining chapters!
6th June 2011
Prof. Mihaly does a great job in making the concept accessible to all.
He defines 'Flow' as 'the Optimal Experience', which has the following elements;
- Capability meets the right challenge
- Capability gets enhanced
- Clear Goals are set
- Continuous Feedback
- Awareness merges with the experience
- Self unites with the team
- Time shortens!
Prof. Mihaly talks about Autotelism ("having a purpose in and not apart from itself"). Autotelic people and activities to help readers strive for flow.
He also compares Yoga from India and Tao from China with Optimal experiences to suggest that they all are the same. Some scholars argue that Yoga and Tao are different; as they lead to 'Nirvana' state or 'spiritual liberalization'. Optimal Experiences also pave way for such states.
He comes out with many examples and case studies while explaining the concept and dynamics of achieving happiness.
There is an example of Nobel Laureate Prof. S Chandrasekhar, while talking about Autotelic people. Prof.Read more ›
Flow will be my choice.
The book, thankfully, doesn't prescribe inanities like 'positive attitude', 'be happy', 'keep smiling' or
'think and you will get it'. The book advises us to get involved in anything that demands our
full attention; to do so, the writer recommends engagement in creative and challenging activities,
and thus enhancing the range of our experiences.
Csikszentmihalyi writes well--very well, indeed--but then one would expect it from an academic
who taught at the University of Chicago. The achievement of his style is in making this book
fascinating for readers. Yet, some readers, who have read nothing but simple self-help books,
may find it a little difficult to wade through his prose.
Csikszentmihalyi advises us to learn new skills and challenge our minds to get out of
routine and habits; a variety of experiences enrich us and keep us healthy--leading to
happiness. According to him, the routine life makes us inattentive and dull, resulting
in anxiety and emotional pressure. Csikszentmihalyi prescribes 'attention' and 'commitment'
to wake us up and put us in touch with our emotional self.
The obvious criticism with this prescription is this: the ideas are meant for those who
are well off and do not have to worry about survival issues.
That may be true, and, as a reader, I belong to that class; yet, I must admit that the book has
changed my attitude to life in many ways and given me a lot, pushing me to explore new
avenues, and consequently my actions have made me happy. Yes, happy during that moment
of full engagement with whatever I did.
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Good research. Inspiring and steeped approach to achieve flow state. Time to practice and listen to env feedback and merge to universal goalPublished 3 months ago by RAJESH K SAHU
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