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Flow: the psychology of optimal experience

Author: Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly Publisher: Harper Perennial, 1991.Language: EnglishDescription: 303 p. : Graphs/Ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780060920432Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references
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Book Europe Campus
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Print BF575 .H27 C75 1991
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001230378
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Includes bibliographical references

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Flow The Psychology of Optimal Experience Contents PREFACE xi 1 HAPPINESS REVISITED Introduction 1 Overview 5 The Roots of Discontent 8 The Shields of Culture 10 Reclaiming Experience 16 Paths of Liberation 20 1 2 THE ANATOMY OF CONSCIOUSNESS The Limits of Consciousness 28 Attention as Psychic Energy 30 Enter the Self 33 Disorder in Consciousness: Psychic Entropy 36 Order in Consciousness: Flow 39 Complexity and the Growth of the Self 41 23 3 ENJOYMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE Pleasure and Enjoyment 45 The Elements of Enjoyment 48 The Autotelic Experience 67 43 4 THE CONDITIONS OF FLOW Flow Activities 72 Flow and Culture 77 The Autotelic Personality The People of Flow 90 71 83 5 THE BODY IN FLOW Higher, Faster, Stronger 96 The Joys of Movement 99 Sex as Flow 100 The Ultimate Control: Yoga and the Martial Arts Flow through the Senses: The Joys of Seeing The Flow of Music 108 The Joys of Tasting 113 94 103 106 6 THE FLOW OF THOUGHT The Mother of Science 120 The Rules of the Games of the Mind The Play of Words 128 Befriending Clio 132 The Delights of Science 134 Loving Wisdom 138 Amateurs and Professionals 139 The Challenge of Lifelong Learning 124 117 141 7 WORK AS FLOW Autotelic Workers 144 Autotelic Jobs 152 The Paradox of Work 157 The Waste of Free Time 162 143 8 ENJOYING SOLITUDE AND OTHER PEOPLE The Conflict between Being Alone and Being with Others 165 The Pain of Loneliness 168 164 Taming Solitude 173 Flow and the Family 175 Enjoying Friends 185 The Wider Community 190 9 CHEATING CHAOS Tragedies Transformed 193 Coping with Stress 198 The Power of Dissipative Structures 201 The Autotelic Self: A Summary 208 192 10 THE MAKING OF MEANING What Meaning Means 215 Cultivating Purpose 218 Forging Resolve 223 Recovering Harmony 227 The Unification of Meaning in Life Themes 214 230 NOTES REFERENCES 241 281

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