May 6, 2014

Cydcor Reviews Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

About this book:  The Cydcor team chose to review Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by renowned psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  Through the science of psychology, the author reveals that a state of positivity can be achieved through conscious choices of the mind.  As information comes into our minds, we can organize it to make the best of it and thus find the key to true happiness.  Flow refers to the state of consciousness that allows us to experience stimulus and find deep enjoyment and pleasure.  Flow is the way that artists, musicians and other passionate people can immerse, or “lose” themselves in a project or creative work.  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a professor at Claremont Graduate University and former chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. His previous books include The Evolving Self.

Cydcor recommends this book to everyone because:  Al humans seek happiness and fulfillment.  This book will show readers how to get there.  Rather than offer concrete lifestyle tips, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi offers decades of scientific research on the subject and presents the information so that readers may design how to achieve the flow state on their own.  Getting to flow requires critical thinking and effort, but can be the key to unlocking unending enjoyment. From Aristotle to Maslow, this book is full of great minds discovering what brings satisfaction to life.

Our favorite part:  Csikszentmihalyi gives you the information without giving you all the answers. Although it is a work of scientific research it is still easy to read and uses many examples of real life to help apply the ideas discussed.  Having an answer is still up to readers.

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