This week, Life Training Online is reviewing Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the sixteenth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.
Flow is such a remarkable book. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi writes with a clear, easy-to-read style that is not typical of books about psychological studies. If you’re expecting a step-by-step how-to book which provides the recipe for optimal experience, then don’t read this. But if you’re looking to understand human performance, how different people create meaning in life, and how optimal experience is created, then I would highly recommend it.
After reading this, I wouldn’t exactly categorize it as a self-help book either. It’s more an illumination into what it means to truly live as a human being.
My favorite chapter had to be the last one. In it, he ties the entire book together explaining that if we want to create meaning to our entire life, we must find a way to combine all our major activities into a unifying theme. This is what is meant by living a life of purpose.
Again, I highly recommend this book, and would love to hear any comments on your thoughts or insights if you’ve read it.
Flow is the sixteenth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.