Sunday, August 24, 2008

#48 The State of Flow

Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Proposed by positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields.
Colloquial terms for this or similar mental states include: to be on the ball, in the zone, or in the groove.

This episode covers the following topics:

  • What is flow?
    • Our experiences of flow for the first time
    • Arman – high school math team
    • Sergey – dance, since being a kid
    • M – flow is magic; martial arts – after a lot of training
  • What is the structure to your flow?
    • Self-modeling (as opposed to modeling someone else)
    • Common components:
      • Resonance
      • Time distortion
      • Elite performance
  • Building the capacity for holding the flow
  • How and when to apply the flow?

[techtags: flow, zone, peak state, elite performance, groove, resonance, time distortion]

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