Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (P.S.) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

This e-book is not a romance novel. certain the writer may have spiced it up yet it really is simply psychology. in the event you love psychology, you will find the intensity in it. in case you are studying for leisure, then it can be a section dry for you. it's in truth a truly deep presentation on how the brain works and while it is at its most sensible, and whilst it is not.

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In the first place, the kind of knowledge—or wisdom—one needs for emancipating consciousness is not cumulative. It cannot be condensed into a formula; it cannot be memorized and then routinely applied. Like other complex forms of expertise, such as a mature political judgment or a refined aesthetic sense, it must be earned through trial-and-error experience by each individual, generation after generation. Control over consciousness is not simply a cognitive skill. At least as much as intelligence, it requires the commitment of emotions and will.

Even though there is no easy shortcut to flow, it is possible, if one understands how it works, to transform life—to create more harmony in it and to liberate the psychic energy that otherwise would be wasted in boredom or worry. 3 ENJOYMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE THERE ARE TWO MAIN STRATEGIES we can adopt to improve the quality of life. The first is to try making external conditions match our goals. The second is to change how we experience external conditions to make them fit our goals better.

Gives the impression of restfulness, of calm serenity. He always seems aware of the tiniest ripples of activity in his surroundings. But R. does not notice things in order to change them or judge them. He is content to register reality, to understand, and then, perhaps, to express his understanding. R. is not going to make the immediate impact on society that E. has. But his consciousness is just as ordered and complex; his attention is stretched as far as it can go, interacting with the world around him.

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