Filename: flow.pdf
ISBN: 9780061876721
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Number of pages: 336
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Harper Collins

Download and read online Flow in PDF and EPUB 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.


Filename: flow.pdf
ISBN: STANFORD:36105118008841
Release Date: 2001
Number of pages: 303
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Filename: flow.pdf
ISBN: 9780060920432
Release Date: 1991-03-13
Number of pages: 303
Author: Mihaly Csikszent
Publisher: Harper Collins

Download and read online Flow in PDF and EPUB An introduction to "flow," a new field of behavioral science that offers life-fulfilling potential, explains its principles and shows how to introduce flow into all aspects of life, avoiding the interferences of disharmony


Filename: creativity.pdf
ISBN: 0061844039
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Number of pages: 480
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Harper Collins

Download and read online Creativity in PDF and EPUB Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. The author's objective is to offer an understanding of what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab, so that knowledge can be used to enrich people's lives. Drawing on 100 interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders, poets and artists, as well as his 30 years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the tortured genius is largely a myth. Most important, he clearly explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world.

Optimal Experience

Filename: optimal-experience.pdf
ISBN: 0521438098
Release Date: 1992-07-31
Number of pages: 416
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Optimal Experience in PDF and EPUB What constitutes enjoyment of life? Optimal Experience: Psychological Studies of Flow in Consciousness offers a comprehensive survey of theoretical and empirical investigations of the "flow" experience, a desirable or optimal state of consciousness that enhances a person's psychic state. "Flow" can be said to occur when people are able to meet the challenges of their environment with appropriate skills, and accordingly feel a sense of well-being, a sense of mastery, and a heightened sense of self-esteem. The authors show the diverse contexts and circumstances in which flow is reported in different cultures (e.g. Japan, Korea, Australia, Italy), and describe its positive emotional impacts. They reflect on the concept of flow vis-à-vis modern social structures, historical phenomena, and evolutionary biocultural selection. The ways in which the ability to experience flow affects work satisfaction, academic success, and the overall quality of life are suggested; and the childrearing practices that result in the ability to derive enjoyment from life, considered.


Filename: flow.pdf
ISBN: 9781448177707
Release Date: 2013-11-15
Number of pages: 320
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Random House

Download and read online Flow in PDF and EPUB What really makes people glad to be alive? What are the inner experiences that make life worthwhile? For more than two decades Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied those states in which people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment. His studies revealed that what makes experience genuinely satisfying is 'flow' - a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to complete absorption in an activity and results in the achievement of a perfect state of happiness. Flow has become the classic work on happiness and a major contribution to contemporary psychology. It examines such timeless issues as the challenge of lifelong learning; family relationships; art, sport and sex as 'flow'; the pain of loneliness; optimal use of free time; and how to make our lives meaningful.

Flow in Sports

Filename: flow-in-sports.pdf
ISBN: 0880118768
Release Date: 1999
Number of pages: 183
Author: Susan A. Jackson
Publisher: Human Kinetics

Download and read online Flow in Sports in PDF and EPUB Describes how athletes reach a high level of performance in which they feel perfectly attuned toward their sport

Good Business

Filename: good-business.pdf
ISBN: 1101127007
Release Date: 2004-03-30
Number of pages: 256
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online Good Business in PDF and EPUB Since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi published the groundbreaking Flow more than a decade ago, world leaders such as Tony Blair and former President Clinton, and influential sports figures like Super Bowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson have all been inspired by the book. In today's corporate upheaval, a new business paradigm is evolving. While many CEOs are being exposed for their greed, truly visionary leaders believe in a goal that benefits themselves as well as others. They realize that it is their vision and "soul" that attract loyal employees willing to go above and beyond the call of corporate duty. And their employees are realizing the same thing: while 80 percent of adults claim they'd work even if they didn't have to, the majority of them can hardly wait to leave their jobs and get home. Good Business starts with the premise that this is an age in which business and work have replaced religion and politics as central forces in contemporary life. The book reveals how business leaders, managers, and even employees can find their "flow" and contribute not only to their own happiness, but also to a just and evolving society. It identifies the factors crucial to the operation of a good business: trust, the commitment to fostering the personal growth of employees, and the dedication to creating a product that helps mankind. Good Business is sure to become a must-read text for anyone who values the positive contributions of individuals in the changing world of business.

Mindfulness in Positive Psychology

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ISBN: 9781317600664
Release Date: 2016-03-17
Number of pages: 360
Author: Itai Ivtzan
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Mindfulness in Positive Psychology in PDF and EPUB Mindfulness in Positive Psychology brings together the latest thinking in these two important disciplines. Positive psychology, the science of wellbeing and strengths, is the fastest growing branch of psychology, offering an optimal home for the research and application of mindfulness. As we contemplate mindfulness in the context of positive psychology, meaningful insights are being revealed in relation to our mental and physical health. The book features chapters from leading figures from mindfulness and positive psychology, offering an exciting combination of topics. Mindfulness is explored in relation to flow, meaning, parenthood, performance, sports, obesity, depression, pregnancy, spirituality, happiness, mortality, and many other ground-breaking topics. This is an invitation to rethink about mindfulness in ways that truly expands our understanding of wellbeing. Mindfulness in Positive Psychology will appeal to a readership of students and practitioners, as well as those interested in mindfulness, positive psychology, or other relevant areas such as education, healthcare, clinical psychology, counselling psychology, occupational psychology, and coaching. The book explores cutting edge theories, research, and practical exercises, which will be relevant to all people interested in this area, and particularly those who wish to enhance their wellbeing via mindfulness.

Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology

Filename: flow-and-the-foundations-of-positive-psychology.pdf
ISBN: 9789401790888
Release Date: 2014-08-08
Number of pages: 298
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Springer

Download and read online Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology in PDF and EPUB The second volume in the collected works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi covers about thirty years of Csikszentmihalyi‘s work on three main and interconnected areas of study: attention, flow and positive psychology. Describing attention as psychic energy and in the footsteps of William James, Csikszentmihalyi explores the allocation of attention, the when and where and the amount of attention humans pay to tasks and the role of attention in creating ‘experiences’, or ordered patterns of information. Taking into account information processing theories and attempts at quantifying people’s investment, the chapters deal with such topics as time budgets and the development and use of the Experience Sampling Method of collecting data on attention in everyday life. Following the chapters on attention and reflecting Csikszentmihalyi’s branching out into sociology and anthropology, there are chapters on the topic of adult play and leisure and connected to that, on flow, a concept formulated and developed by Csikszentmihalyi. Flow has become a popular concept in business and management around the world and research on the concept continues to flourish. Finally, this volume contains articles that stem from Csikszentmihalyi’s connection with Martin Seligman; they deal with concepts and theories, as well as with the development and short history, of the field and the “movement” of positive psychology.

Talented Teenagers

Filename: talented-teenagers.pdf
ISBN: 0521574633
Release Date: 1997
Number of pages: 307
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Talented Teenagers in PDF and EPUB Talented Teenagers is a fascinating and absorbing examination of what makes adolescents tick: what roles personality traits, family interactions, education, and the social environment play in a young person's motivation to develop his or her talent. Vivid descriptions in the students' own words bring the material to life. Parents, teachers, psychologists, and counselors will find in these pages concrete information abou the conditions that foster the cultivation of mental abilities in adolescence, for both the gifted and the average student.


Filename: rapt.pdf
ISBN: 1101032596
Release Date: 2009-04-16
Number of pages: 256
Author: Winifred Gallagher
Publisher: Penguin

Download and read online Rapt in PDF and EPUB A revolutionary look at how what we pay attention to determines how we experience life Acclaimed behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher's Rapt makes the radical argument that much of the quality of your life depends not on fame or fortune, beauty or brains, fate or coincidence, but on what you choose to pay attention to. Rapt introduces a diverse cast of characters, from researchers to artists to ranchers, to illustrate the art of living the interested life. As their stories show, by focusing on the most positive and productive elements of any situation, you can shape your inner experience and expand your world. By learning to focus, you can improve your concentration, broaden your inner horizons, and most important, feel what it means to be fully alive.

No More Work

Filename: no-more-work.pdf
ISBN: 9781469630663
Release Date: 2016-10-28
Number of pages: 128
Author: James Livingston
Publisher: UNC Press Books

Download and read online No More Work in PDF and EPUB For centuries we've believed that work was where you learned discipline, initiative, honesty, self-reliance--in a word, character. A job was also, and not incidentally, the source of your income: if you didn't work, you didn't eat, or else you were stealing from someone. If only you worked hard, you could earn your way and maybe even make something of yourself. In recent decades, through everyday experience, these beliefs have proven spectacularly false. In this book, James Livingston explains how and why Americans still cling to work as a solution rather than a problem--why it is that both liberals and conservatives announce that "full employment" is their goal when job creation is no longer a feasible solution for any problem, moral or economic. The result is a witty, stirring denunciation of the ways we think about why we labor, exhorting us to imagine a new way of finding meaning, character, and sustenance beyond our workaday world--and showing us that we can afford to leave that world behind.

Becoming Adult

Filename: becoming-adult.pdf
ISBN: 0465015417
Release Date: 2000
Number of pages: 289
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

Download and read online Becoming Adult in PDF and EPUB A sociologist and author of The Ambitious Generation explores the relationship between how students feel about their school preparation and after school work and their later sociolization into the work world.

The Systems Model of Creativity

Filename: the-systems-model-of-creativity.pdf
ISBN: 9789401790857
Release Date: 2015-01-27
Number of pages: 317
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Springer

Download and read online The Systems Model of Creativity in PDF and EPUB This first volume of the Collected Works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi represents his work on Art and Creativity. Starting with his seminal 1964 study on creativity up to his 2010 publication in Newsweek, the volume spans over four decades of research and writing and clearly shows Csikszentmihalyi’s own development as an academic, psychologist, researcher and person. Unconventional and unorthodox in his approach, Csikszentmihalyi chose the topic of creativity as a field of study believing it would help him be a better psychologist and advance his understanding of how to live a better life. The chapters in this volume trace the history of the study of creativity back to the days of Guilford and research on IQ and Jacob Getzels’ work on creativity and intelligence. Firmly grounded in that history, yet extending it in new directions, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi started his life-long study on artistic creativity. His first extensive study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago enabled him to observe, test and interview fine art students drawing in a studio. The study formed the very basis of all his work on the subject and has resulted in several articles, represented in this volume, on such creativity-related concepts as problem solving versus problem finding, the personality of the artist, the influence of the social context, creativity as a social construction, developmental issues and flow. The main contribution to the topic of creativity and also the main concept explored in this volume, is the Systems Model of Creativity. Seven chapters in this volume discuss the development of this conceptual model and theory.