Beyond Boredom and Anxiety: Experiencing Flow in Work and Play

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Describes the role of adult play in productivity, motivation & creativity.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

Booknews
Originally published by Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1975, in the Jossey- Bass Behavioral Science Series. The author provides a new preface to this 25th anniversary edition in which he describes the genesis of his ideas, how these ideas have been developed by himself and others, and his feelings that the usefulness of this book continues<-->for those new to "flow" as well as for those familiar with the literature. Discussion encompasses enjoyment and intrinsic motivation, a theoretical model for enjoyment, and flow patterns in everyday life. Csikszentmihalyi is currently affiliated with Claremont Graduate University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787951405
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI, Ph.D., professor and former chair of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago, is currently the Davidson Professor of Management at Claremont Graduate University and director of the Quality of Life Research Center. He is author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990), Creativing: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (1993), and Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everything in Life (1997).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 25th Anniversary Edition.

Acknowledgements to the First Edition.

Enjoyment and Intrinsic Motivation.

Rewards of Autotelic Activities.

Structure of Autotelic Activities.

A Theoretical Model for Enjoyment.

Enjoying Games: Chess.

Deep Play and the Flow Experience in Rock Climbing.

Measuring the Flow Experience in Rock Dancing.

Enjoying Work: Surgery.

Flow Patterns in Everyday Life.

Effects of Flow Deprivation.

Politics of Enjoyment.

Tests and Procedures Used in Microflow.

Experiments.

References.

Index.

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