Finding Flow : The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
- Publication Date: 16/03/1998
- Category: Popular psychology
- ISBN: 9780465024117
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Review by timbrown5
Concept that our leisure can be active and passive; we can involve ourselves in short-term rewarding relaxation t-v watching with diminishing returns, or more fulfilling active study, learning an instrument, experimentation, or hobby where there is high-difficulty and high-skill.. In these situations it may require and initial investment of time before a sense of getting somewhere; the author refers to the sense of time-flying, as 'flow.' An 'Autotelic' person is one who has purpose on the inside, and isn't as much motivated by outside rewards, or is self-motivated; a self-starter. He suggests that a person learning music, to be a scientist, doing prayer/meditation, or working out, focus on building attention rather than the rewards that may follow from the discipline. Building attention and concentration will improve flow in said person's life. Highly interesting book with better core ideas than most, but with some filler and repetition.