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“Creativity Unleashed...”

The seminal psychological work on creativity unleashed, this book investigates & illuminates the satisfying power of total immersion in work.
Mallory F.
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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 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 and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

Topics: Creativity, Art & Artists, Goals & Aspirations, Cognitive Science, Zen, Mindfulness, Productivity, Happiness, Success, Hungarian Author, Contemplative, and Philosophical

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061876721
List price: $11.49
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The idea of flow is simple enough and how to achieve it seems pretty straight forward as well. However there are a lot of factors involved in order to make it happen. For me personally a flow state happens when I'm engaged in an activity of my choosing where the motivation is intrinsic. Not all activities to me provide this opportunity but of course every one is different.
In the past I have tried to make games out of boring day jobs in order to make the time pass faster. Sometimes it works others not so much. I can get bored easily and that is only if the activity I'm participating in is boring or is giving me no type of feedback. Who doesn't experience this??
An interesting read for anyone interested in how to enjoy themselves in any type of situation, whether they want to be there or not.read more
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I’m not big on these types of books but read this one as it was given to me by a friend who had found inspiration within its pages; it essentially explains how taking control of one’s life, both through controlling how one interprets the somewhat random events life may throw our way, as well as actively taking on challenges, is the key to happiness.Just this quote:“But when we are left alone, with no demands on attention, the basic disorder of the mind reveals itself. With nothing to do, it begins to follow random patterns, usually stopping to consider something painful or disturbing. Unless a person knows how to give order to his or her thoughts, attention will be attracted to whatever is most problematic at the moment: it will focus on some real or imaginary pain, on recent grudges or long-term frustrations. Entropy is the normal state of consciousness – a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable.”read more
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a bit glib
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The idea of flow is simple enough and how to achieve it seems pretty straight forward as well. However there are a lot of factors involved in order to make it happen. For me personally a flow state happens when I'm engaged in an activity of my choosing where the motivation is intrinsic. Not all activities to me provide this opportunity but of course every one is different.
In the past I have tried to make games out of boring day jobs in order to make the time pass faster. Sometimes it works others not so much. I can get bored easily and that is only if the activity I'm participating in is boring or is giving me no type of feedback. Who doesn't experience this??
An interesting read for anyone interested in how to enjoy themselves in any type of situation, whether they want to be there or not.
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I’m not big on these types of books but read this one as it was given to me by a friend who had found inspiration within its pages; it essentially explains how taking control of one’s life, both through controlling how one interprets the somewhat random events life may throw our way, as well as actively taking on challenges, is the key to happiness.Just this quote:“But when we are left alone, with no demands on attention, the basic disorder of the mind reveals itself. With nothing to do, it begins to follow random patterns, usually stopping to consider something painful or disturbing. Unless a person knows how to give order to his or her thoughts, attention will be attracted to whatever is most problematic at the moment: it will focus on some real or imaginary pain, on recent grudges or long-term frustrations. Entropy is the normal state of consciousness – a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable.”
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A practical psychology/self-help book. For some reason, i don't like self-help books that just give out advices left and right and spit out words like "you can achieve whatever you can think of...blah...blah". But i do like pragmatic, practical and books with a philosophical bent. I would categorize this book under that.
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I find this book somewhat straggly. Ostensibly, this book is about the "flow"-feeling, but his definition of flow gradually becomes so wide as to be almost indistinguishable from general happiness (could the situation of a mother reading stories to her child be thought of in terms of an adequate challenge for her mothering skill? Or is there another form of satisfaction involved? When some ordinary people gather for a Friday evening dinner, are they using their social skills to engage in challenges of socialising? Is his diagram from the beginning of chapter 4 applicable to that situation?). The book becomes a general self-help book with advice on everything from parenting to how to handle stress and catastrophic life changes.In chapter 8, he describes ordinary people playing cards, throwing darts and playing checkers as a waste of time, yet those activities might well be flow-creating. He seems somewhat condescending - normal people don't experience flow because they're lazy. Friendships between ordinary people are not as good as the friendships he describes.I also dislike the way he organized the references (though I do like the full and thorough comments in the reference list - not just an austere list of works). There are no inline citations. If you're interested in a certain paragraph, you'll have to turn to the reference list at the end of the book and just hope that he wrote something about that section.I've also read "Finding Flow", by the same author, and the two works are largely overlapping. If you haven't read either of them, I suggest you read that book instead of this one, as that book is somewhat more to-the-point.
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This is a two-hour discussion by the author on "flow", as discussed in his book. It is produced by Nightingale-Conant, and is very much in the "self-help" genre. The author discusses the behavioral steps necessary to attain "flow" and states how acquiring these "habits" will enhance one's inner life. The reverse may be closer to the truth: those who have the inner state of "flow" exhibit the traits the author discusses. It is not certain that the inner state is achieved by developing these traits. "Flow" is more than a "self-help" instruction!
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