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Optimal Experience

Optimal Experience
Psychological Studies of Flow in Consciousness

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Isabella Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Richard G. Mitchell Jr, Ikuya Sato, Maria T. Allison, Margaret C. Duncan, Seongyeul Han, Reed Larson, Richard Logan, Antonella Delle Fave, Fausto Massimini, Jim MacBeth, Massimo Carli, Judith Le Fevre, Jeanne Nakamura, Anne J. Wells, Kevin Rathunde
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  • Date Published: July 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438094

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  • What constitutes enjoyment of life? Optimal Experience: Psychological Studies of Flow in Consciousness offers a comprehensive survey of theoretical and empirical investigations of the "flow" experience, a desirable or optimal state of consciousness that enhances a person's psychic state. "Flow" can be said to occur when people are able to meet the challenges of their environment with appropriate skills, and accordingly feel a sense of well-being, a sense of mastery, and a heightened sense of self-esteem. The authors show the diverse contexts and circumstances in which flow is reported in different cultures (e.g. Japan, Korea, Australia, Italy), and describe its positive emotional impacts. They reflect on the concept of flow vis-à-vis modern social structures, historical phenomena, and evolutionary biocultural selection. The ways in which the ability to experience flow affects work satisfaction, academic success, and the overall quality of life are suggested; and the childrearing practices that result in the ability to derive enjoyment from life, considered.

    •  Examines a new and popular concept of an ideal state of being
    • Relevant to almost all psychological and psychiatric disciplines
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    " impressive cross-cultural effort....a valuable compilation of major theoretical and empirical developments in one volume....well worth the attention of psychologists who are concerned with intrinsic motivations in work and at play." Contemporary Psychology

    " interdisciplinary anthology of some of the most stimulating conceptual extensions of the original flow model together with a selection from the research that in the past decade has rounded out our understanding of the conditions that make an enjoyable life possible." Exceptional Human Experience

    "The book provides a theoretical model of optimal experience, gives accounts of flow in a variety of human situations. It also shows how certain ways of life promote flow, and describes the methodology and measurement of flow in everyday life." New Scientist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438094
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 27 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A Theoretical Model of Optimal Experience:
    1. Introduction Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    2. The flow experience and its significance for human psychology Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    3. Sociological implications of the flow experience Richard G. Mitchell Jr
    4. Flow and biocultural evolution fausto massimini Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Antonella Delle Fave
    Part II. Varieties of the Flow Experience:
    5. Introduction to Part II Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi and Isabella Csikszentmihalyi
    6. Bozozoku: flow in Japanese motorcycle gang Ikuya Sato
    7. Women, work, and flow Maria T. Allison and Margaret C. Duncan
    8. The relationship between life satisfaction and flow in elderly Korean immigrants Seongyeul Han
    9. Flow and writing Reed Larson
    10. Flow and solitary ordeals Richard Logan
    Part III. Flow as a Way of Life:
    11. Introduction to Part III Isabella Csikszentmihalyi and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    12. Modernisation and the changing context of flow in work and leisure Antonella Delle Fave and Fausto Massimini
    13. Ocean cruising Jim MacBeth
    14. Flow in a historical context: the case of the Jesuits Isabella Csikszentmihalyi
    Part IV. The Measurement of Flow in Everyday Life:
    15. Introduction to Part IV Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Isabella Csikszentmihalyi
    16. The systematic assessment of flow in daily experience Massimo Carli and Fausto Massimini
    17. The quality of experience in the flow channels: comparison of Italian and US students Massimo Carli, Antonella Delle Fave and Fausto Massimini
    18. Flow and the quality of experience during work and leisure Judith Le Fevre
    19. Optimal experience and the uses of talent Jeanne Nakamura
    20. Self-esteem and optimal experience Anne J. Wells
    21. Optimal experience and the family context Kevin Rathunde
    22. The future of flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

  • Editors

    Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, University of Chicago

    Isabella Selega Csikszentmihalyi


    Isabella Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Richard G. Mitchell Jr, Ikuya Sato, Maria T. Allison, Margaret C. Duncan, Seongyeul Han, Reed Larson, Richard Logan, Antonella Delle Fave, Fausto Massimini, Jim MacBeth, Massimo Carli, Judith Le Fevre, Jeanne Nakamura, Anne J. Wells, Kevin Rathunde

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