Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology

The Collected Works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Pages 1-20
  3. Reed Larson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Pages 21-34
  4. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Reed Larson
    Pages 35-54
  5. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ronald Graef
    Pages 55-67
  6. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Maria Mei-Ha Wong
    Pages 69-88
  7. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jeremy Hunter
    Pages 89-101
  8. Robert W. Kubey, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Pages 103-111
  9. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ronald Graef, Susan McManama Gianinno
    Pages 113-125
  10. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ronald Graef, Susan McManama Gianinno
    Pages 127-133
  11. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Pages 135-153
  12. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jeanne Nakamura
    Pages 175-197
  13. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Jeanne Nakamura
    Pages 199-208
  14. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Pages 209-226
  15. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Sami Abuhamdeh, Jeanne Nakamura
    Pages 227-238
  16. Jeanne Nakamura, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Pages 239-263
  17. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Pages 265-278
  18. Martin E. P. Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Pages 279-298

About this book


The second volume in the collected works of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi covers about thirty years of Csikszentmihalyi‘s work on three main and interconnected areas of study: attention, flow and positive psychology. Describing attention as psychic energy, and in the footsteps of William James, Csikszentmihalyi explores the allocation of attention, the when and where and the amount of attention humans pay to tasks and the role of attention in creating ‘experiences’, or ordered patterns of information. Taking into account information processing theories and attempts at quantifying people’s investment, the chapters deal with such topics as time budgets, and the development and use of the Experience Sampling Method of collecting data on attention in everyday life.  Following the chapters on attention, and reflecting Csikszentmihalyi’s branching out into sociology and anthropology, there are chapters on the topic of adult play and leisure, and connected to that, on flow, a concept formulated and developed by Csikszentmihalyi. Flow has become a popular concept in business and management around the world, and research on the concept continues to flourish. Finally, this volume contains articles that stem from Csikszentmihalyi’s connection with Martin Seligman; they deal with concepts and theories, as well as with the development and short history, of the field and the “movement” of positive psychology.


American Adolescents Attention and Flow Consumption in Leisure Happiness Dynamics of Intrinsic Motivation Experience Sampling Method Flow with Soul Happiness in Everyday Life Holistic Approach to Behavior Measuring Intrinsic Motivation Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi Motivation and Creativity Play and Intrinsic Rewards Positive Psychology Psychology and Optimal Experience Science of Positive Subjective Experience Self-Regulation of Behavior Working Parents

Authors and affiliations

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    • 1
  1. 1.Claremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9087-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9088-8
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