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am 29. Januar 2000
Flow is an ecstatic state that occurs when according to Dr. C. you are really, really paying attention to some creative or demanding act. And all credit to Dr. C. for brining our attention to flow and how it influences peoples lives. But there is a teensy little problem. Dr. C. tell us what other people tell him 'flow' feels like, but in 300 pages, he never tells us what flow is. This is sort of like reading a book on headaches by Dostoevsky or some existentialist philosopher. You may get the feel of what headaches are like, but to know the physiology of headaches, a better choice would be to rely on DrKoop. Same thing unfortunately with Dr. C. Instead of a scientific analysis of flow that brings in the latest research on cognitive science or neuroscience, Dr. C. ladles on the metaphors like a never ending fountain of curdled verbal gravy. Thus flow "transports one into a new reality", represents an "ordering of consciousness", or represents some "undreamed of state of consciousness". Hmm, may I have some psychic fries with all this psychic goodness?
So Dr. C's book gets two stars for literature, but flunks out as science. Indeed, the latest research in neuroscience has demonstrated that the brain releases the neuromodulator dopamine whenever attention shifts from one salient precept to another. Whenever attention shifts a lot, as when we encounter something challenging, creative, or very interesting, a lot of dopamine is produced. Since dopamine is the pleasure chemical in the brain, as well as is responsible for drug induced highs, it stands to reason that flow is no more than a natural drug high that keeps us riveted on important thoughts. So flow is important, but is hardly best understood by the half baked Jungian analysis that Dr. C. cooks up.
For a better insight on how you too can make 300+ page books by weaving together meaningless metaphors, I would refer the reader to George Lakoff's superb book "Philosophy in the Flesh". For a better understanding about the emotions that may underlie flow, I also recommend Antonio Damasio's book "Descartes Error..."; and for those of you who would like to get a better idea about how flow like processes may arise from the brain, Donahoe and Palmer's book "Learning and Complex Behavior" is heartily recommended.
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am 21. Juli 1997
Of the hundreds of psychology, new age, or self
help books that we have to choose from, FLOW is of the few that is absolutely a Must. It defines
that which we all seek from birth to death: HAPPINESS. It defines what makes happiness, why
we feel it, and why we do not. And when I applied
the author's theories in my own life, I did indeed
find that what he wrote is rare and precious truth.
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am 18. März 1999
Of all the great comments, nobody seems to mention the core of this book is a realistic look at the ever elusive "happiness". The author shows how we are taught to seek the wrong things when we attempt to seek happiness. A very important lesson and one that will stick with you in your struggle to make a happy life. Get it. Read it several times.
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am 4. Dezember 1996
The author's findings might well be taken into consideration by virtual reality and video game developers, since "flow" is a neurophysiologic event which may be potentiated by external stimuli. Flow is about being fully engaged - which can result in happiness, but more important, satisfaction, fulfillment, self-realization
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am 2. Dezember 1999
I read this book on the way out to the YMCA National Long Course Swimming Championships, and it truly helped me lose my pre-event nerves! I realized that the best performance one can have is when he/she becomes so involved it just happens - there was no thinking involved! If you believe it's possible, it happens.
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am 21. November 1996
The optimal flow model is an excellent conceptualization of our search for happiness. However, the exemplars of this model include the Nazi war criminal Eichmann, which made me question mine and the author's notion of happiness
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am 6. Februar 2010
Flow is a book that I'll recommend all my scholar friends to read. The author guides you through his research and let you evaluate each theory, experiment, interview by presenting the just-enough detail of them.

However, it requires some mental energy to be invested. You will not benefit from this book enough by just reading it through'just like what the author mentioned.
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am 16. August 1997
Take steps towards enhancing the quality of your life - explore FlowNet and exchange ideas and experiences associated with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Flow theory @ [...]
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am 16. August 1997
Take steps towards enhancing the quality of your life - explore FlowNet and exchange ideas and experiences associated with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Flow theory @ [...]
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am 18. August 2015
to state the obvious in my mind, but it is a course book in a UK Masters so have had to buy it for my daughter. Lets hope she finds more in it.
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