Friday, March 06, 2009

Flow; the Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is research based book about scientific study of people when they are in 'flow' or in the "the zone".

Author argues one of the critical components of flow is a complex self: a self that can weather change & maintain serenity. flow- experience is to concentrate attention on present moment instead of continually struggle with the past or worry about tomorrow. Ofcourse with potentially stress of daily life , book discusses how flow experiences can reduce stress. Author argues that flow will produce happiness, creates an opportunity for cultures to evolve.


“We have all experienced times when, instead of being buffeted by anonymous forces, we do feel in control of our actions, masters of our own fate. On the rare occasions that it happens, we feel a sense of exhilaration, a deep sense of enjoyment that is long cherished and that becomes a landmark in memory for what life should be like….. moments like these are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times…the best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

But I should say, distinguish between simple pleasure and enjoyable flow is largely semantic & very unconvincing. And It was very interesting to find out that, this whole theory was applied while designing video games(which infact is addictive faux flow experience). flow is simply feeling of pleasure and like others this too can be addictive and its not an good.

Book is good(heavy) read if you are interested in Psychology.

You can also watch Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi discussing at TEDtalk

33 comments:

mystic rose said...

Thats some pretty heavy reading you are doing there :). Quite diverse too, from what I see in your sidebar.

rorschach said...

Wow, just wrote a blog entry about this exact same video... was wondering if the book explores HOW states of flow are achieved by different people?

I've tried to start an online discussion on my blog about how different people achieve flow... should be quite interesting... would love to know how you it works for you.

awesome blog.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Nice review of book. Whenever I find the book in library will sure read it. :)
Best wishes :)

Ashish Gupta said...

Hi! I am ashishg, your librarything friend. Nice blog you've got there. Did you stop finding time to read last year? I found some of your posts interesting.

Anil P said...

"Concentration on the present moment" - has to be a key factor once into the flow. Sometimes things just click. It is when one stops struggling and lets go, and magically everything falls into place and things function well.

Sensed this 'flow' when Sachin slammed his 200 recently.

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Actions speak louder than words.............................................................

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人們不缺少力量,他們缺少意志。..................................................

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