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The Psychology of Optimal Experience 
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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A book by the inventor of the concept of flow, which is basically the sense of losing yourself in an activity. Though you may also lose yourself in a passive entertainment such as a movie, this probably isn't flow, which involves a sense of active learning and problem-solving. Generally flow tends to happen when you are working on something that you are good enough at that you don't experience a lot of frustration and self-monitoring, but also that isn't so easy that you can do it on autopilot. Notably, people who do more flow activities like practicing a musical instrument tend to be happier than those who consume lots of entertainment, though the people who do flow may imagine that the people being entertained are having more fun.

books/flow.txt · Last modified: 2010/05/08 22:58 by ram