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Beyond Boredom and Anxiety: Experiencing Flow in Work and Play [Hardcover]

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , Csikszentmihaly
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14 Mar 2000
Now in a special 25th anniversary edition and filled with brilliant wisdom and insights, Beyond Boredom and Anxiety offers a timeless introduction to the concept of flow and the scientific basis behind it–all through the work of one of the field′s great scientists, Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi. Through real–life examples, discover how enjoyable activities provide a common experience–a satisfying, often exhilarating, feeling of creative accomplishment and heightened functioning–and under what conditions ′serious′ work can also provide this intrinsic enjoyment.

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; Anniversary edition (14 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787951404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787951405
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A stimulating and revolutionary book." ––Journal of Individual Psychology "Beyond Boredom and Anxiety constitutes a major contribution to and critique of the sociology of work." ––Sociology "A very exciting book about the phenomenology of intrinsically motivated behavior. Csikszentmihalyi has done a service by directing attention to the importance of intrinsic motivation and its relationship to enjoyment and alienation." ––Contemporary Psychology

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". . . they concentrate their attention on a limited stimulus field, forget personal problems, lose their sense of time and of themselves, feel competent and in control, and have a sense of harmony and union with their surroundings . . . they cease to worry about whether the activity will be productive or whether it will be rewarded . . . they have entered a state of flow."–Mihaly CsikszentmihalyiIn a world organized around the assumption that ′serious′ work should be grim and unpleasant, we strive to make our lives more meaningful. Whether a line worker or a paper pusher, we find ourselves on a never–Anding search for ways to counteract the boredom, anxiety, and alienation that our work–oriented society has become. But in this culture ruled by the pursuit of money, prestige, and pleasure, there are some individuals willing to give up material awards for the elusive experience of mere enjoyment. These are the rock–climbers, the dancers, the chess masters, and others who have sacrificed all for the power of play–these are the individuals who have entered the ′state of flow′.Now in a special 25th anniversary edition and filled with brilliant wisdom and insights, Beyond Boredom and Anxiety offers a timeless introduction to the concept of flow and the scientific basis behind it–all through the work of one of the field′s great scientists, Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi. Through real–life examples, discover how enjoyable activities provide a common experience–a satisfying, often exhilarating, feeling of creative accomplishment and heightened functioning–and under what conditions ′serious′ work can also provide this intrinsic enjoyment.For all of us who seek to recognize, understand, and apply this powerful motivational force, Beyond Boredom and Anxiety is a compelling look at the origins of flow and how its use can transform our lives.[back jacket] Experience Flow at Work and in PlayFlow: A concentrated action in which the individual is aware of his act

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In a world supposedly ruled by the pursuit of money, power, prestige, and pleasure, it is surprising to find certain people who sacrifice all those goals for no apparent reason: people who risk their lives climbing rocks, who devote their lives to art, who spend their energies playing chess. Read the first page
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 Dec 2009
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Having read Csikszentmihalyi's more recent book entitled 'Creativity', I wanted to explore some of his earlier material and liked the introduction I read in the preview on Amazon. He gives a very detailed step-by-step guide to the development of his research processes and is relentlessly forthcoming with any limitations and difficulties that arose. It is one of the most demanding psychology books I have read but very rewarding: having read a book like this you begin to realise what a waste of time many of the 'pop-psychology' books are, full of assumptions and frankly glib analyses. As seems to be the case in 'mihalyi's books, there seems to be no axe to grind, just a dedication to getting to the bottom of challenging aspects of human experience with a view to relating his ideas as frankly and clearly as possible to anyone prepared to put in the time and effort to understand the complexities of the subject matter. I can only cite a single criticism; the title, which gives the impression at first glance that it is some sort of poxy self-help book. Nonetheless, 'mihalyi explains in the preface that this was the last title in a list of 25 that he submitted to the publishers and as a joke - a play on another title by B.F. Skinner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read! 5 Sep 2001
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mihaly Csikszentmihaly presents a detailed examination of motivation based on a study of a half-dozen groups of people involved in recreational pursuits: rock climbers, composers, dancers, chess players and basketball players. He chose these groups in an effort to understand more fully what motivates people to engage in activities that are extremely challenging or offer few external rewards. Although some of his conclusions may be of interest to executives and managers seeking ways to motivate employees, most readers will find this academic study too detailed. Some of the interview comments are interesting, but much of the book describes survey results, a discussion that non-statisticians may be hard put to follow. Because of this complexity and because of the book's somewhat dense prose, we [...] recommend this 25-year-old reissued classic primarily to scholars or to those who are intensely curious about the nuts-and-bolts of motivation. But any human resources professional or leadership specialist should have at least a passing familiarity with its concepts and contents.
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCK CLIMBING 11 Mar 2014
By Catruchka - Published on Amazon.com
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I was first introduced to this work with a small excerpt on rock climbing and focus. It just seemed like it made so much sense I decided toget the book, and I'm glad I did.
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2.0 out of 5 stars When good observations meet bad metaphors. 11 May 2000
By "drmezmer" - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the major conceits in the history of psychology is that the act of paying attention can be a portal to amazing or magical things. Pay attention to a swinging watch and you become hypnotized, focus on your belly button or a mantra and you enter a blissful meditative state, and concentrate real hard while tapping your shoes together and you just may get to Kansas. The latest wonderful mind state that occurs thanks to paying attention is 'flow'. Upon interviewing a few thousand people as they went about their ordinary lives, Dr. C. discovered that many of them reported a state of pleasure or even ecstasy when they engaged in demanding tasks that challenged them to the limits of their capabilities. The fact that mountain climbers, artists, doctors, etc. reported some real good feelings while having to rapidly shift their attention to stay on a ledge, keep inspiration, or keep a patient alive seemed to indicate once again that attention, if focused just right, can be a portal to some mighty good things. In this his first book on the topic of flow, Dr. C. waxes poetic about how flow represents a heightened sense of self, undreamed level of consciousness and so on, without grounding any of it to actual neural processes. Dr. C.'s house of metaphorical cards however collapses if attention was not the antecedent for flow, but the stuff of flow itself. The critical question that Dr. C. studiously avoids is whether attention is in itself a pleasurable or hedonic thing. Modern research in neuropsychology answers the question in the affirmative, as it is well known that when attention rapidly shifts between a host of important precepts, the neuromodulator dopamine is released that keeps us rooted, alert, promotes efficiency in thinking, and feels good to boot. Dr. C. does not concern himself to explore any of these findings, preferring instead to view attention as a portal to all those good metaphysical feelings, and not a source of those good feelings themselves. But again, if Dr. C. actually was intent on finding out what flow actually is, instead of reveling in its poetry, his book would be shorter by two thirds, and lose its representation as a model for vacuous New Age thinking, which in toto represents the intellectual con of the 20th century.
0 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast! 13 Feb 2009
By Coffey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Delivery was fast! very fast!

The book looked a little old but it was clean with no markings nor any tear.

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