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Beyond boredom and anxiety

Still looking at the Csikszentmihalyi stuff.  There is now a summary of “Beyond boredom and anxiety” on my wiki. This book was published in 1975 and introduces the concepts of flow and microflow and describes the studies on which the development of these concepts was based.  Unlike the later books, there is not the feel of a self-help manual, but there is the implication that flow is an important concept for individuals and societies. The book as a whole provides a context, both theoretical and appropriate to the time of writing. I found some of the assumptions questionable and dated but found the description of the studies and analysis of results interesting and informative. Csikszentmihalyi recognises some of his conclusions are tentative and suggests a number of reasons why further work needs to be done on some aspects of his work, for example the microflow study is based on 20 university students, self-recording activities and self-monitoring a deprivation period.  However, even this aspect of the study is backed up with physical and psychological testing providing a quantitative basis for the conclusions drawn.

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