Welcome to my Flow book summary!

“The key element of an optimal experience is that it is an end in itself.” (p. 67)

One-Sentence-Summary: Flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity, is explored and techniques to control it are introduced in pursuit of building an optimal life full of enjoyment, not just pleasure.

booboo real-time book rating: ★★★★☆ (percentage of books with this rating: 34%)

“The pursuit of a goal brings order in awareness because a person must concentrate attention on the task at hand and momentarily forget everything else.” (p. 6) Time and time again, this comes up in my life, in my readings, in my writings. Goals are supremely important. If you don’t have goals, then you are part of someone else’s goals.

This blog will contain both my summary and review of the book Flow.

On pleasure versus enjoyment: “A person can feel pleasure without any effort, if they appropriate centers in this brain are electrically stimulated, or as a result of the chemical stimulation of drugs. But it is impossible to enjoy a tennis game, a book, or a §conversation unless attention is fully concentrated on the activity.” (p. 46)

As I read the book, you will find my in-progress Flow review and book summary notes below.

You are reading my book review and summary by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Be sure to check out my digital bookshelf for 100+ book summaries.

“To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environments to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.” (p. 16)

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