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A very brief summary of Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi's book: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

A very brief summary of Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi's book: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

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    • The Flow Experience
      MihalyCsikszentmihalyi
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jjjohn/2679781930/in/photostream/
    • His Work and Research
    • Prof Csikszentmihalyi
      Born in Croatia, this Hungarian
      Psychology professor at the University of Chicago
      is known for his studies on creativity and
      happiness. He is one of the notable
      Researchers in the field of
      positive psychology.
    • Perfect Balance
      Factors determining FLOW
      The challenge level matches the skill level.
      A high challenge with low skill produces anxiety but with high skill might produce FLOW if other conditions are optimal.
    • Eight Optimal Factors for FLOW
    • Necessary Criteria for Flow
      The people interviewed by Csikszentmihalyi all spoke about these components
      More than 8,000 subjects, from all walks of life
      Remember these 8 and apply them
    • Clarity of Goals
    • No conflicts or confusion about what you have to do.
      What are the impediments to the clarity of goals? (Unconscious sabotage? “Fear of success”)
      How can clarity of goals make our activities/work more satisfying?
      How can you make your goals clear?
      1. Clarity of Goals
    • 2. Immediate & Clear Feedback
      Gives constant information about performance
      Know immediately how to alter performance for optimum results
      Enhances the focus on the activity
      If this is not present, we might relax or become disinterested in the goal/activity
      What experience do you love and engage in where you have immediate and constant feedback?
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/warrencountyoh/3730376856/in/photostream/
    • 3. Challenge = Skill
    • Challenge = Skill
      When skill level meets challenge, we begin to love the activity, even if at first we did not.
      How do you feel when the task/challenges appears to be impossible?
      Is it always impossible?
      How can you best gauge your skill level (realistically) without selling yourself short?
    • 4. Focus is all
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/3942293740/
    • 5. Escape into the present
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jjjohn/2259210770/in/photostream/
    • 6. Choose the Edge for Optimal Growth
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/adulau/5723190948/AlexandreDulaunoy
    • Self Merges
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/apgroner/509530558/sizes/z/in/photostream/
    • 7. Transcendence
      Absorption into the activity
      Loosening of the ego consciousness
      Brain can only process 120 bits of information per second and total focus will often result in a reduced “body sense”
      Forget yourself to find yourself: recall the flow experience and the sense of self-esteem is improved
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesjordan/1501451576/
    • 8. Time is Transformed
      Jjjohn’sphotostream on Flickr
    • Time wraps itself around your experience. So much is packed into the flow moment; a few seconds might seem like many minutes; many hours might feel like a few minutes.
      jjjohn’sphotostream on Flickr
    • What Will You Do to Cultivate Flow?
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/davemorris/39862978/sizes/z/in/photostream/
    • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
      People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.
      MihalyCsikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, 1990