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Monday, November 12, 2018

FLOW - The Psychology of Optimal Experience - By "Mihaly Csikszentm"

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This book summarizes, for a general audience, decades of research on the positive aspects of human experience—joy, creativity, the process of total involvement with life I call flow. To take this step is somewhat dangerous, because as soon as one strays from the stylized constraints of academic prose, it is easy to become careless or overly enthusiastic about such a topic. What follows, however, is not a popular book that gives insider tips about how to be happy. To do so would be impossible in any case, since a joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe. This book tries instead to present general principles, along with concrete examples of how some people have used these principles, to transform boring and meaningless lives into ones full of enjoyment. There is no promise of easy short-cuts in these pages. But for readers who care about such things, there should be enough information to make possible the transition from theory to practice. 

Content:-
PREFACE
1 HAPPINESS REVISITED
1. Introduction
2. Overview
3. The Roots of Discontent
4. The Shields of Culture
5. Reclaiming Experience
6. Paths of Liberation 
2 THE ANATOMY OF CONSCIOUSNESS
1. The Limits of Consciousness
2. Attention as Psychic Energy
3. Enter the Self
4. Disorder in Consciousness: Psychic Entropy
5. Order in Consciousness: Flow
6. Complexity and the Growth of the Self 
3 ENJOYMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE
1. Pleasure and Enjoyment
2. The Elements of Enjoyment
3. The Autotelic Experience 
4 THE CONDITIONS OF FLOW
1. Flow Activities
2. Flow and Culture
3. The Autotelic Personality
4. The People of Flow 
5 THE BODY IN FLOW
1. Higher, Faster, Stronger
2. The Joys of Movement
3. Sex as Flow
4. The Ultimate Control: Yoga and the Martial Arts
5. Flow through the Senses: The Joys of Seeing
6. The Flow of Music
7. The Joys of Tasting
6 THE FLOW OF THOUGHT
1. The Mother of Science
2. The Rules of the Games of the Mind
3. The Play of Words
4. Befriending Clio
5. The Delights of Science
6. Loving Wisdom
7. Amateurs and Professionals
8. The Challenge of Lifelong Learning
7 WORK AS FLOW
1. Autotelic Workers
2. Autotelic Jobs
3. The Paradox of Work
4. The Waste of Free Time 
8 ENJOYING SOLITUDE AND OTHER PEOPLE
1. The Conflict between Being Alone and Being with Others
2. The Pain of Loneliness 
3. Taming Solitude
4. Flow and the Family
5. Enjoying Friends
6. The Wider Community 
9 CHEATING CHAOS
1. Tragedies Transformed
2. Coping with Stress
3. The Power of Dissipative Structures
4. The Autotelic Self: A Summary
10 THE MAKING OF MEANING
1. What Meaning Means
2. Cultivating Purpose
3. Forging Resolve
4. Recovering Harmony
5. The Unification of Meaning in Life Themes
NOTES
REFERENCES 

Author Details
"Mihaly Csikszentm" is professor and former chairman of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Beyond Boredom and Anxiety, and co-author of The Creative Vision, The Meaning of Things, and Being Adolescent.


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