Now in a special 25th anniversary edition and filled with brilliant wisdom and insights, Beyond Boredom and Anxiety offers a timeless introduction to the concept of flow and the scientific basis behind it-all through the work of one of the field's great scientists, Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi. Through real-life examples, discover how enjoyable activities provide a common experience-a satisfying, often exhilarating, feeling of creative accomplishment and heightened functioning-and under what conditions 'serious' work can also provide this intrinsic enjoyment.
"A stimulating and revolutionary book." --Journal of IndividualPsychology
"Beyond Boredom and Anxiety constitutes a major contribution to andcritique of the sociology of work." --Sociology
"A very exciting book about the phenomenology of intrinsicallymotivated behavior. Csikszentmihalyi has done a service bydirecting attention to the importance of intrinsic motivation andits relationship to enjoyment and alienation." --ContemporaryPsychology
Preface to the 25th Anniversary Edition.
Acknowledgements to the First Edition.
Enjoyment and Intrinsic Motivation.
Rewards of Autotelic Activities.
Structure of Autotelic Activities.
A Theoretical Model for Enjoyment.
Enjoying Games: Chess.
Deep Play and the Flow Experience in Rock Climbing.
Measuring the Flow Experience in Rock Dancing.
Enjoying Work: Surgery.
Flow Patterns in Everyday Life.
Effects of Flow Deprivation.
Politics of Enjoyment.
Tests and Procedures Used in Microflow.