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Flow

Living at the Peak of Your Abilities
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In flow, everyday experience becomes a moment by moment opportunity for joy and self-fulfillment. Flow is the brain-child of a fascinating psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a renowned social scientist who has devoted his life's work to the study of what makes people truly happy, satisfied and fulfilled. While much of the study of psychology investigates disorders of the human mind, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi takes a different route. He focuses on the noble side of human nature, our capacity for living a life of integrity, courage, and perseverance. With his landmark research on flow, he reveals what he considers beautiful in life, ways of being and behaving that make people happy, satisfied and delighted to be alive. His insights into the "flow experience" show ways to lessen stress, fear and anxiety while increasing feelings of challenge, joy and excitement. The revolutionary findings of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Experience Sampling Method offer unprecedented information about the specific ways we can turn life into a continuous high quality experience. You'll discover how anyone can enrich his or her quality of life simply by learning how flow occurs and what it feels like. You'll learn about the key elements of the flow experience including:

  • why it is important to know what you want to do in any given moment
  • specific activities you can do that produce flow easily and naturally
  • how to improve your experience of work so you feel in control and rewarded by it
  • keys to harnessing the power of concentration
  • the difference between pleasure and enjoyment (only one leads to personal growth)
  • how to match challenges with skills to avoid boredom and frustration and maximize enjoyment

Once you experience the exhilaration of the "flow" state of being, you'll want to return again and again.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©1994 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D. (P)1994 Nightingale Conant

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Generally underrated!

If you are into peak performance or have a background in competitive sports you will already be familiar with the concept of flow. In basketball for instance "being in the zone" - a synonym for flow - is something often talked about by fans and players alike. When you are in a flow state you are performing at your best and you are doing so effortlessly. At least so it seems. If you are interested in learning about this mind state from a fairly scientific, but also practical perspective, this book is for you. I consider FLOW a classic on the topic, which stands unrivaled to this day, although it was published more than two decades ago.

The book is narrated by the author, a now retired professor of psychology. I consider narration by the author virtually always a plus, because in my perception it makes the spoken word more credible and authentic. This is also true for this book.

Like the other books I have reviewed, this book has earned my appreciation by making every word count. It is to the point. A quick read and definitely worth a re-read. The audiobook comes with a pdf, which contains a summary of each of the book's chapters. I found this summary to be quite handy if you want a quick refresher on the main concepts of the book.

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Really not that interesting

Hyped amongst entrepreneurs for a low reason.
I‘ll make it short: find what you Love and you‘ll be in flow and don’t judge yourself when you‘re not.

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Great Content miserable speaker

The book is great, great stories, great informations..
But the speaker (the author himself) sounds like he's about to start crying...

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Horrible. I stopped after ~40 minutes

What a waste! Here is a topic -flow - whose understanding could increase the quality of your life quite a bit, but then you get:
1) a weird story line read by the author himself that is mostly a confuse collection of anecdotes and all sounds more like an interview than an audio book
2) weird musical interludes after every paragraph with music pieces from the renaissance (cembalo), and
3) weird/useless practical advice: wanna have flow? Have sex! - but not too much. Or: do sports or go for a walk, but don’t get bored. That‘s the level of the book...

So unfortunately a waste of time and money.

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A must have read

This is one of the most important books for our day to day life - how to enjoy everything we do and fall into a flow as children can do - dive deep and play for minutes or hours - are in flow..

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Great content

Eventhough I can not say his name, his ideas and examples are fantastic. Heard it many times while running and the miles went by like that. It broadens the picture what flow is and how it can be achieved. And i like his voice, such an important message but never lost temper.

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Ok

Audio book is ok, but I expected more of it tho. I think a lot of it is not really a secret but just common sense. The book feels a bit outdated, it probably had more relevance 20-30 years ago when it came out.

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A must read.

The content of the book is extremely insightful however I truly disliked that the author read it (I bought is as an Audible) because his reading skills made me almost fall asleep every time. it was tough to keep the concentration and I would say that initial part of the book is very useful, the rest was not as useful as the initial part.
I would suggest to buy the book instead of the audible in this case.

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Didn't really felt like a book

More like some old motivational tapes. I heard a lot of good things about this recording, so my expectations were not met to say the least.

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Flow is a skill, that can be developed

I'm very interested in personal growth and developing skills to achieve that goal. So I can really recommend that book.