Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Chapter 7 Discussion: Work as Flow | Flow Book Club

Travel Whys

Dec 17 2021 • 1 hr 34 mins

Our group discussion on Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This is done in collaboration with the meetup group 52 Living Ideas.

Chapter 7: Work as Flow

“On the job people feel skillful and challenged, and therefore feel more happy, strong, creative, and satisfied. In their free time people feel that there is generally not much to do and their skills are not being used, and therefore they tend to feel more sad, weak, dull, and dissatisfied. Yet they would like to work less and spend more time in leisure. What does this contradictory pattern mean?”

Work is essential to life as a human being and often the way one spends a considerable amount of time. So, finding flow in work can be significant to improving the quality of life overall. As MC points out, work undertaken as a flow activity can fulfill human potentialities: “Work not only transforms the environment by building bridges across rivers and cultivating barren plains; it also transforms the worker from an animal guided by instincts into a conscious, goal-directed, skillful person.” In this chapter, we explore how work can provide flow.

Topics: “Autotelic Workers” “Autotelic Jobs” “The Paradox of Work” “The Waste of Free Time”



Music:

“Ask Me Why” by Matthew Billman and K. Joia Houheneka


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