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Applications of Flow in Human Development and Education

The Collected Works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Authors: Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly

  • Demonstrates that schools can indeed provide autotelic experiences
  • Is evidence that flow and positive psychology can influence how young people are being taught
  • Inspires readers to ponder what it means to be alive and really live
  • Clearly shows, in content and tone, the enjoyment that the pursuit of empirical research provides
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About this book

The third volume of the collected works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi covers his work on the application of flow in areas that go beyond the field of leisure where the concept was first applied. Based on his personal experience with schooling and learning, as well as that of many others and contrary to what Cicero claimed, Csikszentmihalyi arrived at the conclusion that instead of taking pride in making the roots of knowledge as bitter as possible, we should try to make them sweeter. Just as flow became a popular and useful concept in voluntary activities, it could likewise be applied in education with the end result of young people being more likely to continue learning not just because they have to but because they want to.

This volume brings together a number of articles in which Csikszentmihalyi develops ideas about how to make education and more generally the process of learning to live a good life, more enjoyable. Since theory is the mother of good practice, the first eleven chapters are devoted to theoretical reflections. Some are general and explore what it means to be a human being, what it means to be a person, when we look at life from the perspective of flow. Others are more narrowly focused on such topics as consumption, education, teaching and learning. They help laypeople reflect how they can arrange their lives in such a way as to leave a small ecological footprint while getting the most enjoyment. The second section of the volume contains a dozen empirical articles on similar topics. They deal with the development of identity and self-worth; with the formation of goals and motivation; with loneliness and family life.

About the authors

A Hungarian psychology professor, who emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. Now at Claremont Graduate University, he is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College. He is noted for both his work in the study of happiness and creativity and also for his notoriously difficult name, in terms of pronunciation for non-native speakers of the Hungarian language, but is best known as the architect of the notion of flow and for his years of research and writing on the topic. He is the author of many books and over 120 articles or book chapters. Martin Seligman, former president of the American Psychological Association, described Csikszentmihalyi as the world's leading researcher on positive psychology. Csikszentmihalyi once said "Repression is not the way to virtue. When people restrain themselves out of fear, their lives are by necessity diminished. Only through freely chosen discipline can life be enjoyed and still kept within the bounds of reason." His works are influential and are widely cited.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Does Being Human Matter?

    Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly

    Pages 3-5

  • The Development of the Person: An Experiential Perspective on the Ontogenesis of Psychological Complexity

    Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (et al.)

    Pages 7-79

  • Life Themes: A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration of Their Origins and Effects

    Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (et al.)

    Pages 81-97

  • The Role of Emotions in the Development of Wisdom

    Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (et al.)

    Pages 99-116

  • Reflections and Reviews

    Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly

    Pages 117-127

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-9094-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9093-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.00
price for USA
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  • Due: October 27, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7859-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Applications of Flow in Human Development and Education
Book Subtitle
The Collected Works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9094-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9094-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9093-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7859-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 494
Number of Illustrations and Tables
31 b/w illustrations
Topics