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  Psychology Today: Finding flow
The metaphor of flow is one that many people have used to describe the sense of effortless action they feel in moments that stand out as the best in their lives.
Flow also happens when a person's skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable, so it acts as a magnet for learning new skills and increasing challenges.
Flow is a source of mental energy in that it focuses attention and motivates action.
psychologytoday.com /articles/pto-19970701-000042.html   (3145 words)

  
 Flow (psychology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Flow is a mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing, characterized by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.
Flow is so named because during Csikszentmihalyi's 1975 interviews several people described their 'flow' experiences using the metaphor of a current carrying them along.
The psychological concept of flow as becoming absorbed in an activity is thus unrelated to the older phrase "to go with the flow" which means "to conform".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Flow_(psychology)   (818 words)

  
 Shambhala Sun - The Man Who Found the Flow   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience was released in 1990 and was an instant success, a critically acclaimed national bestseller whose popularity caught its author entirely by surprise.
One professor in the psychology department was especially interested in the study of creativity, and it was under his tutelage that Csikszentmihalyi undertook his dissertation on the subject.
Flow is being used by sociologists, for example, to better understand alienation and by anthropologists to shed light on the effects of ritual and religious experience.
www.shambhalasun.com /Archives/Features/1998/Sep98/Flow.htm   (4078 words)

  
 Psychology Today: Finding flow
The metaphor of flow is one that many people have used to describe the sense of effortless action they feel in moments that stand out as the best in their lives.
Flow also happens when a person's skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable, so it acts as a magnet for learning new skills and increasing challenges.
Flow is a source of mental energy in that it focuses attention and motivates action.
www.psychologytoday.com /articles/pto-19970701-000042.html   (3124 words)

  
 Betterhumans - Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Flow is a state that artists experience when they are feeling in the groove, when time seems to just fly and the "work" seems to soar.
I think the concept of flow is important but since this book leaves, among others, neurobiological and neurological factors almost completely out of the picture (I don't recall it ever going into detail in these matters), it should be replaced with something that does.
Flow is great because it forces you to do your own research, and doing your own research is key to scientific investigation of the flow process.
www.betterhumans.com /forums/thread/7944.aspx   (1187 words)

  
 The Art of Work
One of the chief advantages of flow is that it enables people to escape the state of "psychic entropy," the distraction, depression, and dispiritedness that constantly threaten them.
Flow, he says, "is at the center of everything I'm doing." In April, Crooke sent out the first iteration of an annual survey intended to gauge how much meaning and job satisfaction employees find in their work.
"[Flow] manifests itself in focused, on-time, on-spec products," he says, "that win in the marketplace because they were developed in a system in which the customers and the internal people all know what they want and need." In a world of depressed Dilberts, it's certainly worth a try.
www.fastcompany.com /magazine/97/art-of-work.html   (2044 words)

  
 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, born in 1934, is a psychology professor at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California and is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago.
In his seminal work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Csikszentmihalyi outlines his theory that people are most happy when they are in a state of flow--a Zen-like state of total oneness with the activity at hand and the situation.
The flow state is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Csikszentmihalyi   (487 words)

  
 Teaching Flow
Flow activities are done for their own sake and not for extrinsic rewards.
However, a person whose goal is to watch TV all day usually doesn't experience flow because the goal is ambiguous and is not challenging or meaningful.
The lack of worry about losing control of the situation - Although people in flow situations are usually engaging in activities that could lead to failure, they often do not fear it because they believe they possess the necessary skill to accomplish the goal.
www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu /teachingflow.htm   (582 words)

  
 The Zone: An Empirical Study
Flow theory states that while the zone can be experienced at varying levels, a phenomenological structure of eight dimensions describes the experience for individuals across occupations, demographic groups and cultures.
Factors influencing flow states were identified and included those of motivation, focus, arousal control, confidence and positive attitude, physical and mental preparation and response to feedback.
Notwithstanding this notion of a common flow experience, Young proposed that the finding of significant differences between tennis players and elite athletes on approximately one quarter of 27 items contained in the Experience Questionnaire is evidence of individual differences for athletes across sports in the phenomenology of flow.
www.athleticinsight.com /Vol1Iss3/Empirical_Zone.htm   (2400 words)

  
 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience at Epinions.com
I'd be meaning to read Milhaly Csikszentmihalyi's (1989) *Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience* for a few years when I heard it mentioned at least a dozen times in a few days at a usability conference this summer.
Despite the common categorization in the "Self help" section at bookstores, *Flow* purports to be (and succeeds in being) a popular exposition of a peculiarly academic concept of happiness.
To the lay reader it must appear that Flow is only tangentially related to its neighbors in the history of ideas and not part of any specific tradition.
www.epinions.com /book-review-4314-D53E22A-382D1FA5-prod1   (837 words)

  
 A List Apart: Articles: Designing For Flow
Flow, as a mental state, was first proposed by psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and is characterized by a distorted sense of time, a lack of self-consciousness, and complete engagement in the task at hand.
Despite the challenges, the rewards of designing for flow are a user base that is loyal and enthusiastic—one that will evangelize your site to others—and a more profound sense of engagement between you and the people for whom you design.
Flow, as a mental state, is characterized by a distorted sense of time, a lack of self-consciousness, and complete engagement in the task at hand.
www.alistapart.com /articles/designingforflow   (1413 words)

  
 FLOW
The author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, discusses how he discovered it, what it’s shortcomings are, and other issues.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.“Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.
FLOW would like to see many thousands of educational entrepreneurs creating newer, better schools that disseminate greater human flourishing.
www.flowproject.org /Community/d-experience-flow.html   (668 words)

  
 Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Audio Book New CD - The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, born on September 29, 1934, is a psychology professor at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California and is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College.
In his seminal work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Csikszentmihalyi outlines his theory that people are most happy when they are in a state of flow— a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation.
To achieve a flow state, a balance must be struck between the challenge of the task and the skill of the performer.
www.thehouseofoojah.com /audiobooks/ccp0-prodshow/flow-mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-audio-book.html   (1292 words)

  
 Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience | MetaFilter
He wrote a book about it, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, which flew off the shelves in the Self Help sections of bookstores everywhere--even though there were no easy steps nor Idiots Guide To...
Csiskszentimihaly, of course, has become a one man industry and authority on Flow, and his pioneering studies have laid the foundation to an area of psychological research known as Happiness Studies.
Flow is an excellent book and idea, and after getting the gist of his position [which can be a bit cumbersome], it's easy to begin seeing those" optimal states" in your own life...
www.metafilter.com /mefi/28878   (1738 words)

  
 Sports psychology coach: Mental Toughness for athletes
All Flow in Sports packages whether you are an athlete subscribing individually or as part of a team or group of five or more athletes comes with the ability to contact your sports psychology coach via email, phone (toll free) or free popular online chatting software such as MSN messenger, Yahoo!
Flow in Sports reserves the right to wait until at least five athletes are subscribed (mention that you are subscribing together during the registration process) before consulting sessions may begin.
When you choose the unlimited sports psychology consulting package, you can receive up to five (five) hours a month of personal consulting in the Montreal area or if coach Lior Doron is in your area.
www.flowinsports.com /packagescollegeathleticscholarship   (1320 words)

  
 Flow in Sports
The experience of flow is still one of the least understood phenomena in sport.
Now, in the first book devoted exclusively to flow in sports, the pioneering legend Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and sport psychology researcher Sue Jackson attempt not only to explain the phenomenon but also to identify the key conditions associated with its occurrence.
Sue Jackson, PhD, has been conducting research on flow in sport and related settings since graduate studies led her to this fascinating area in the late 80's.
www.bodyandmindflow.com /flow_in_sports.html   (239 words)

  
 FLOW
The FLOW philosophy arose from a conversation between John Mackey and Michael Strong that took place in the spring of 2002 at a restaurant in Austin, Texas.
The FLOW perspective seeks to encourage entrepreneurs and leaders of all spheres to work together to create a fair, open global market in which free exchange raises incomes and enables people to work toward mutually beneficial goals in peace and prosperity.
This existing FLOW community is made up of a very diverse group of people from a wide range of ideological backgrounds, including open-minded libertarians, market-friendly social entrepreneurs, independents, a few conservatives, and a few left-leaning idealists who are seeking a new, more effective idealism.
www.flowidealism.org /Home/history.html   (707 words)

  
 flow@Everything2.com
When a rapper flows well, it feels like a well-known drinking song as opposed to a first-time slam poet.
The difficulty of this concept is obvious from the number of tracks with awful flow that even artists esteemed for their flow have.
To glide along smoothly, without harshness or asperties; as, a flowing period; flowing numbers; to sound smoothly to the ear; to be uttered easily.
www.everything2.com /index.pl?node=flow   (1084 words)

  
 More Information about The Power of Flow
These coincidences, which Jung termed synchronicity, are sure signs you are "in the flow." Flow is a harmony of being that has been sought after through the centuries in the spiritual traditions of the world.
In our lives, flow is obvious in those times when things happen effortlessly, everything falls into place, obstacles melt away, and our timing is perfect.
Experiencing the full power of flow is a matter of choice and action -- your choice and your action.
www.flowpower.com /overview.htm   (424 words)

  
 sports psychology
Flow operates in all realms of life, but has special application to sports, where the rules are usually clear and the goals well defined.
This is the “golden rule of flow.” To set the stage for flow, you must perceive the challenge as neither too hard nor too easy.
“In flow, the individual knows what she wants, and as the performance unfolds she knows that she is on target for achieving her goal,” the authors write.
www.cbass.com /Flow.htm   (1970 words)

  
 Creating Flow Activity
Concept: Flow is the state of optimal experiences in which one engages in activities simply for the sake of the activity itself.
People whose activities are in a state of flow are using high levels of skill and challenge together to create an experience that is rich and personally beneficial.
School can often be devoid of flow for many students because they are engaging in many activities for which a high level of skill and challenge are not present.
www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu /creatingflowactivity.htm   (738 words)

  
 Anna's Slant: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
I was interested because I frequently experience "flow" while working, but hadn't been able to put a name to what I felt.
In fact, achieving flow is often the difference between what I consider to be a good shift and a bad shift, regardless of my production numbers at the end of the night.
Yesterday I found myself identifying "flow" in another area, I went to a nurse practitioner who specializes in pain management.
www.annasslant.com /archives/2006/06/flow_the_psycho.html   (287 words)

  
 State of Flow
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the architect of Flow and after decades of researching the characteristics of the “optimal experience” (a fancy word for enjoyment) he wrote Flow: The Psychology of the Optimal Experience.
Flow can be achieved by anyone with any task, as long as the conditions are right.
I was actually in a flow state yesterday reading about Gnoticisms, which was a distraction from what I was trying to accomplish (I was reading through the Gospel of Matthew and started looking up certain things on wikipedia).
www.pickthebrain.com /blog/how-to-achieve-the-creative-state-of-flow   (2159 words)

  
 Flow theory - EduTech Wiki
Flow theory is very much linked to the concept of intrinsic motivation.
Flow situations have been mainly noticed and studied in play or artistic creation and are defined as states of happiness and satisfaction that arise when "carried" by an automatic and spontaneous activity.
Conditions in which flow happens are characterized in the literature by an optimized level of challenge, a feeling of control adapted to the learner, a touch of fantasy, and feedback of the system.
edutechwiki.unige.ch /en/Flow_theory   (1791 words)

  
 Burning Void Reviews: "Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life," Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
After reading Perry's book, I went on to find one of his: "Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life." Where Perry interpreted flow with respect to writers, the professor relates it to the entirety of our lives.
He approaches everything from the unique perspective of flow being the peak experience rather than a subjectively defined "happiness".
He brings up the idea that leisure time, when used for passive activity (such as TV watching), or as a time to do nothing at all, can actually be psychologically damaging when we engage in too much of it.
www.burningvoid.com /review/2002/findingflowpsychofengagement.php   (1060 words)

  
 Flow in Sports: Your Sports Psychology Coach for Mental Toughness
The field of psychology has grown to encompass many areas such as business and sports to help people achieve their best.
In sport psychology counseling, growth occurs when players begin living up to their mental capabilities.
Psychology offers something for everyone, from the emotionally disturbed to the super-functioning needing only minor adjustments.
www.flowinsports.com /readingssportspsychology   (679 words)

  
 The Psychology of Flow - Csikszentmihalyi and psychological Flow
The Psychology of Flow - Csikszentmihalyi and psychological Flow
There are many sources of flow -As well as hobbies, work, other people, sport and daily activities can all lead to flow.
You have to be concentrating on the activity itself, not flow.
www.timlebon.com /FlowPsychologyCsikszentmihalyi.html   (1379 words)

  
 Flow: How action and awareness get things done | 43 Folders
A few good links and snippets on Flow — a topic that’s come a couple times before here and on the group, but which seems more germane than ever given a lot of what [the royal] we have been talking about lately.
My thoughts on flow are fairly simple, when you are in the zone and work is flowing, it’s like a runners high.
One member, quite perceptively, pointed out that ‘flow’ is arguably devoid of moral underpinnings - that it’s ability to make claims about how to live a good life is challenged by the idea that some of history’s most evil people were probably immensely absorbed in their work.
www.43folders.com /2006/02/09/flow   (2452 words)

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