By Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's recognized investigations of "optimal experience" have printed that what makes an event really gratifying is a kingdom of recognition known as flow. in the course of circulation, humans in most cases event deep leisure, creativity, and a complete involvement with existence. during this re-creation of his groundbreaking vintage paintings, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the methods this optimistic kingdom could be managed, not only left to probability.
Flow: The Psychology of optimum Experience teaches how, by means of ordering the knowledge that enters our recognition, we will realize real happiness and enormously enhance the standard of our lives.
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Again, the difference was present, but it was not very large. In a comprehensive survey entitled The Quality of American Life published a decade ago, the authors report that a person’s financial situation is one of the least important factors affecting overall satisfaction with life. Given these observations, instead of worrying about how to make a million dollars or how to win friends and influence people, it seems more beneficial to find out how everyday life can be made more harmonious and more satisfying, and thus achieve by a direct route what cannot be reached through the pursuit of symbolic goals.
Second, the knowledge of how to control consciousness must be reformulated every time the cultural context changes. The wisdom of the mystics, of the Sufi, of the great yogis, or of the Zen masters might have been excellent in their own time—and might still be the best, if we lived in those times and in those cultures. But when transplanted to contemporary California those systems lose quite a bit of their original power. They contain elements that are specific to their original contexts, and when these accidental components are not distinguished from what is essential, the path to freedom gets overgrown by brambles of meaningless mumbo jumbo.
The old fable continues to echo down the centuries. The waiting rooms of psychiatrists are filled with rich and successful patients who, in their forties or fifties, suddenly wake up to the fact that a plush suburban home, expensive cars, and even an Ivy League education are not enough to bring peace of mind. Yet people keep hoping that changing the external conditions of their lives will provide a solution. If only they could earn more money, be in better physical shape, or have a more understanding partner, they would really have it made.