Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi’s book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, answers the question: How can one’s life be improved? While self-help books generally do not fit into the capacity of information design, this text studies how self-consciousness is a fundamental factor in fulfilling one’s overall satisfaction – ultimately leading to a healthier and productive lifestyle. By finding meaning behind our life experiences, Csikszentmihalyi argues that we can make a greater emotional impact on others and ourselves. Referring to concepts in the highly interdisciplinary field of information design, Donald A. Norman and Patrick W. Jordan argue in a similar vein to Csikszentmihalyi and are discussed in this review.
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience | Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi | HarperCollins, 1991 | ISBN 0-0609-2043-2
My review of this book was published by the peer-reviewed academic journal Information Design Journal [16(1), 76–83] in 2008.