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One College, One Book 2017/2018

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The Book

Book cover for Flow

About the Book

Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

         - Publisher

Free Copies


Join us for a viewing of two TED Talks related to Flow followed by a discussion led by Dr. Kathy Boutry. Don't miss this exciting One College, One Book event! 

Thursday, November 30th

What is One College, One Book?

Welcome to West's One College, One Book initiative! This project is designed to unite the college community in a common reading experience in order to :

  • Foster a strong sense of community
  • Inspire community conversations
  • Promote reading and encourage scholarship
  • Create cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration
  • Examine issues of social justice through medical, historical, sociological, ethical, racial, psychological, and economic perspectives


We invite members of the West Los Angeles College community to read Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. The themes in this book apply to a variety of disciplines and we encourage faculty and staff to incorporate the book and and related campus events into their curriculum.

Several copies of the book are currently on reserve at the Library. Copies are also available at your local public library and are available for purchase at the campus bookstore.

Questions? Ask!

Susan Trujillo,, 310-287 4406

For information or training on using reading apprenticeship to teach from this book, contact:

Tim Welch,, 310-287-4334




About the Author

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's is Claremont Graduate University's Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management. He is also the founder and co-director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC). The QLRC is a nonprofit research institute that studies positive psychology, the study of human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility. 

Csikszentmihalyi is known for his research on the experience of flow, a psychological concept he introduced in his best-selling book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial, 1990). THe book has received much praise and attention, being described by the Library Journal as " intriguing look at the age-old problem of the pursuit of happiness and how, through conscious effort, we may more easily attain it." Though published in the early 1990s, Flow has continued to draw attention from both researchers and the general public and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Since then, Csikszentmihalyi has written numerous books and articles on managing flow. In 2004, Csikszentmihalyi delivered a TEDTalk titled "Flow, the Secret to Happiness," which has more than 3.5 million views. 

In spring 2017, Csikszentmihalyi was the keynote speaker at The Creative Edge, a creativity conference at West Los Angeles College.