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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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Extraordinaire pensée d'un homme étonnant

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Ce livre audio – qui ressemble plus à un séminaire qu'à un livre – présente le travail de Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, un des plus grands psychologues américains de la deuxième moitié du 20ème siècle. Il présente d'abord sa théorie du « Flow », puis explique comment on peut atteindre cet état de Flow dans tous les compartiments de sa vie.

Le Flow c'est un état d'expérience optimale que nous vivons tous à certains moments lorsque nous perdons la notion du temps parce que nous sommes totalement concentrés sur ce que nous faisons, imergés dans une action qui mobilise nos meilleures capacités. Pour certains ce sera en jouant, d'autres en travaillant, dans une compétition sportive ou dans un récital de musique ... peu importe car ce qui est important c'est l'impact psychologique qu'a cet état sur notre chimie du cerveau et sur notre bonheur.

Au travers de 60 ans de recherches, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi a accumulé tellement d'exemples et d'annecdotes sur ce sujet que ça en fait un conteur extraordinaire qu'on écouterait des heures.

Quel était le moment le plus mémorable de Flow ?

L'histoire qui m'a le plus marquée est celle des prisonniers politiques hongrois qui, dans les prisons soviétiques, ont organisé des concours littéraires et poétiques afin de se donner un challenge et un objectif. Privés de tout, ils écrivaient leur brouillon en le gravant sur un morceau de savon puis l'apprenaient par coeur pour le réciter aux autres lors de la promenade... bref c'est insensé mais cela leur a permis de résister au découragement et de -garder intactes leurs facultés intellectuelles pendant les dizaines d'années d'emprisonnement.

Qu'avez-vous aimé de la performance de Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ?

C'est très décomplexant d'écouter ce type qui est un ponte mondial et qui vit aux Etats Unis depuis la seconde guerre mondiale s'exprimer dans un anglais parfait du point de vue du vocabulaire ou de la grammaire mais avec un accent européen de l'est digne des pires carcatures de nazis dans un film de série B. Il est cela dit très compréhensible une fois qu'on s'est habitué à sa manière de dire tings pour things et autres joyeusetés.

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you should listen on 2x <br />

wow, I dont want to be like heartless critic but this book was a joke, slow and I did not get anything

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not practical for what i was looking for.

not practical enough for i was looking for. too bad because im pretty sure that he could have done it.

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  • Jeffrey D. Proud
  • 19/06/2015

The story of FLOW by the Master himself.

This wasn't a book as much as it was a series of quiet, thoughtful talks. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Joseph Vodziak
  • 27/03/2018

the ideas presented are great but it's a dry read

The state of flow is something we have all experienced but didn't realize was a goal we should be working towards in our everyday lives

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  • Andrew D Milne
  • 11/03/2015

Simple concept, hard to achieve...

An excellent book. I love the rational concepts and I've tried to apply them on a day-to-day basis. It's not as easy as it sounds but the effort and the journey are a welcome new perspective.

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  • Arlo Paranhos
  • 15/04/2015

Good content, but dated format.

Good original content. Produced as audio tapes, later converted to MP3, so format and audio quality seem a bit dated.

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  • Gibbfam
  • 19/04/2015

Strong content, sub-par production values

I found the content to be inspired and clearly communicated. The structure and extemporaneous delivery could have been easier to follow.

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  • theory pleeb
  • 02/04/2015

That music and those voice actors though...

It's very dated. I used to listen to really old self help tips about 10 years ago and that is with the sounds like. The style was just a obnoxious, but the content is really good. Definitely a good preliminary glance at the concept of flow, and thanks to the voice actor I can now pronounce the authors name.

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  • Sami
  • 08/07/2015

Dissappointed!

I was looking forward to learn the art of FLOW. However, I found repetitive content and a boring tone of narrating.

I couldn't really come up with a real grasp on it. Maybe it's me! Maybe I need to hear it again, but towards the end of the book, I was really getting annoyed with the book

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  • Samuel J. Garrison
  • 25/03/2016

If you like non native narrators, long pauses, and harpsichord interludes this is the book for you.

The content is good ....presentation is frustrating and laborious.

If you like non native narrators, long pauses, and harpsichord interludes this is the book for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06/08/2016

Not much more than the TED talk

The foundational idea of flow is very powerful and well researched. I hoped that this book would deepen my understanding beyond what I had already read online. However, this audiobook becomes less interesting as it progresses. The author seems intent to apply flow to every aspect of life (family, religion) without providing the scientific backing that make the earliest chapters so powerful.

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  • Spotted Mamma
  • 24/07/2017

Couldn't Finish This Book

Would you try another book from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and/or Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi?

Only if it were read by someone else.

What could Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If Mr. Csikszentmihalyi had allowed an actor to read this book for him I may know if it were any good but he has a voice for droning one to sleep. Sorry but I just couldn't listen beyond the first 2 chapters. Now if there's a version by a voice actor I'll try it again!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The only thing missing from the Author's voice was a warm room with dim lights and an uncomfortable chair after lunch.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Hire someone else to read the book. Mr. Csikszentmihalyi's book is referenced by other authors that I've enjoyed so I really wanted to listen... just can't get past the voice.

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  • Felix
  • 06/01/2016

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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  • Kenny
  • 02/11/2019

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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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 10/03/2019

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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  • Sophie
  • 20/03/2019

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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  • Katarina
  • 25/01/2020

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/01/2020

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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  • Jürgen
  • 21/08/2019

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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  • Giuseppe Rotella
  • 29/06/2019

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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  • Reso
  • 01/02/2019

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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  • Ki.Tai
  • 11/01/2019

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.