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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
C.S. and D.J. Davidson Professor of Psychology
Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

Flow and The Quality of Life

One of the central components of a good life is the experience of flow -- the total absorption in an activity that requires the application of skills to overcome difficult challenges. The talk will describe the elements of the flow experience, referring to interviews collected from over 8000 respondents around the world, from a variety of cultural and social groups. Why is flow so enjoyable? What makes it happen? Why is it relatively rare in everyday life? What are the ethical implications of flow, especially in the workplace? These and many other questions will be explored by Prof. Csikszentmihalyi, who identified the flow experience thirty years ago, and has researched this phenomenon ever since.
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
12:00 pm
352 Haines Hall

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