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  • Finding Flow

  • The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life
  • Written by: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Part psychological study, part self-help book, Finding Flow is a prescriptive guide that helps us reclaim ownership of our lives.

Based on a far-reaching study of thousands of individuals, Finding Flow contends that we often walk through our days unaware of and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: During much of the day, we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, and during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom. The key, according to Csikszentmihalyi, is to challenge ourselves with tasks requiring a high degree of skill and commitment. Instead of watching television, play the piano. Transform a routine task by taking a different approach. In short, learn the joy of complete engagement. Though they appear simple, the lessons in Finding Flow are life altering.

©1997 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

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Good ideas, not very well structured

The basic idea of flow is valuable. Would have liked it to be better structured in the book for better comprehension.

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A must listen

Loved it. Learnt a lot. This is the third book of Mihaly C. that I've read

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  • 22-10-20

I was expecting a guided personal development book

After hearing multiple references to this author’s wisdom from other sources, I expected more from this book. To me, it did define Flow, but did not do much of a job at giving instructions on how to move from where we are now into the flow state. Much of his examples were of people who were already experiencing flow, not of how someone went from low flow to high flow content in their life. So I feel the title of this book “Finding Flow” doesn’t fit its story. Maybe it should be called “Those Who Have Flow”. If you are looking to define flow and who achieves it and when they do, this is a good book for you. It’s not a practical guidebook.

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  • N. Cassidy
  • 13-11-17

Not as much about the subject as I had hoped...

...instead, several hours of gender work tropes... and oddly enough, some self-contradictions (the author has his own bias about genders in the workplace, and addresses mostly men). If you're interested in the research being done on flow states, or if you're a woman - you can probably skip this one.

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  • Magda
  • 15-04-17

Flow! A Great Concept to live by.

Flow! A Great concept to strive to and live by. What surprised me was how he pushed his atheism on his readers though.

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  • Jeff Tanner
  • 19-07-16

A few nuggets but seemed to meander

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An interesting subject ("flow") but I felt that the material meandered-- felt like a collection of findings, anecdotes, opinions; some of it repetitive, some of it seemingly unrelated to "flow." Perhaps it could have been organized better. Some interesting points here and there but it didn't seem to build up to anything. In fact, the ending felt "new age," out of place, and unsatisfying.

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  • Black NYC Stilettos
  • 19-06-18

Narrator is a snooze chapters 4 &5 sexist

Copyright 1800s? Extraordinarily sexist material. What do “gender roles” have to do with flow? Chapter 4 is written to completely undermine professional women. Very disappointed I wasted money on this.

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  • Martin Fierro
  • 24-06-16

An evidence based approach to truly living

The author has a great personal story. He has done fascinating in-depth research. He presents his prescription for living "in the flow" clearly. I heartily recommend this listen.

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  • James
  • 10-03-16

Stupid

If you're looking to Waze five hours of your time and not reach any conclusions, then this is the book for you

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  • Ethan
  • 01-06-18

Great book. Easy to listen and relate to.

I loved reading this book in part because it hit home on some of my own questions as to why I am unhappy and how to be more productive with my freetime.

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  • Arthur Prilutzki
  • 24-11-18

A must read for every human!

This book should be added as a must to every person’s early education. Perfectly explaining the most fundamental aspects of happiness and self-fulfillment. Listened to it in one session! Do yourself a favor, read it!

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  • @insurancebillvj
  • 08-06-18

excellent material, strong concept

had read before and this was a tremendous great refresher. combines some universal thoughts that work.

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  • Saoud Moco
  • 04-01-18

An OK audio book

Fell a little below expectations, got repetitive in the middle and seemed to debunk religion more than talking on flow at the end

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  • Iwo B.
  • 21-08-21

Outdated, clearly written in pre-smartphone era

My expectations of the father of Flow theory were clearly too high. It was a pleasant listening but without any "aha moments" or useful takeaways.

The book and the research it's based on are clearly outdated. Only TV is discussed when talking about teenagers consuming media. There I no mention of gaming, the Internet or social media interactions.

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  • ALEKSANDER F WEILER
  • 28-03-20

My fave book!!

Love how informed I felt after- each chapter was a rediscovery of myself and the world around me!

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  • JedHoll
  • 30-05-17

Interesting concept

Given this author's work is so heavily cited by other authors I had hoped for more aha moments

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  • Debabrat
  • 14-02-20

marvelous book on positive psychology

It is first time I am reading a book on positive psychology which life changing. And psychology is not just about mental illness it is about being extremely effective in this chaotic life.

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  • Marie
  • 14-07-22

A very interesting read

We were introduced to flow at uni, but this book was interesting every second, I have 6 other unfinished books in my library yet I couldn't stop listening to this on till I finished it, my first finished book on audible!

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  • RabbitLemon
  • 13-01-22

A classic on the subject

Well read. Definitive work on the subject. Flow is crucial for a good life. It is the quality of our doing stuff

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  • John Elmers
  • 07-06-21

Very big picture, no so much “how to”

It’s a great book if you’re wanting philosophical and thoughtful big picture thinking about life.

If your finding concrete, actionable guides for finding flow... well that isn’t really what this is about.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-03-21

The Key

A cohesive well researched
Bridge builder for your own path.
No placebos here. I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Swede
  • 22-03-21

Essential reading

Csíkszentmihályi, one of the founders of positive psychology, ie, the science of well-being, provides in this book an overview of one of the essential elements of building a good life: flow. For anyone interested in living fully, this book will be valuable.

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  • fabiola
  • 31-01-17

exceptional

the book starts a bit slow but builds to lots of interesting ideas to learn & think of.

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  • 05-10-20

a great mix of theory and practical applications

nice easy listen. this is my favourite book so far about the flow state as it had practical tips and also touched on the different aspects of flow that people may be encounter in their lives.

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  • Racquel t.
  • 03-09-17

I returned

this book said nothing about flow, other than 20minutes at the end of chapter 2, haha. It was a book that explained statistics of who worked where and how people feel about work. I was so disappointed, I gave it a chance, but it never got better.

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  • katherine burchell
  • 07-10-21

the gift of creative understanding, to me

Thank you Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I retain the message, that is hard to grasp completely on first listen, as a cloud of resource. I think it is always to be a creative resource not a set factual block of information. I plan to listen again. I only get interesting and engaging and creative thoughts with this. The narrative is very enjoyable and deep.