Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, Fulfillment and Flow

Posted on January 18, 2010  Comments (2)

“After a certain basic point, which translates, more or less, to just a few thousand dollars above the minimum poverty level, increases in material well being don’t see to affect how happy people are.”

The speech includes, the first purpose of incorporation at Sony:

To establish a place of work where engineers can feel the joy of technological innovation, be aware of their mission to society, and work to their heart’s content.

Excellent books by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 1991. People enter a flow state when they are fully absorbed in activity during which they lose their sense of time and have feelings of great satisfaction.
Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning.
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 1997. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders to poets and artists, the author uses his famous “flow” theory to explain the creative process.

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2 Responses to “Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Creativity, Fulfillment and Flow”

  1. Anonymous
    February 10th, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    If you enjoy Csikszentmihalyi’s books, you might also be interested in Daniel Pink’s “Drive”. His ideas on intrinsic motivation tie in nicely with Csikszentmihalyi’s.

  2. Lisa
    June 29th, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    I’m a huge Csikszentmihalyi fan and use his work often when I teach creative thinking to engineering students. Great post! I’m glad to have found your site.

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