Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a psychologist, most famous for his work on Flow.Flow describes a state of being where we're completely immersed in a certain task. Tasks that generate Flow are associated with a number of conditions, and the essence of Flow is a positive energy that produces rapturous joy, rather than stress and anxiety.According to Csikszentmihalyi, tasks that produce Flow have several key components. When we are in Flow, we experience a balance between the challenge of the task and our abilities, immediate feedback or a reward, a distorted sense of time (we start something... and suddenly it's half an hour later), a loss of self-consciousness, and complete absorption.In my experience, part of living authentically in our work lives involves finding out what we're passionate about, working out how to make money from that, and creating a role that evokes Flow - something that stretches us, stimulates us, and makes us excited to get out of bed in the morning.Csikszentmihalyi talked about his theory of Flow at a TED talk in 2008. You can watch it below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXIeFJCqsPsDo you have any experiences with Flow? What kind of activities help you reach Flow? Let me know in the comments below.************************Develop your Flow with 20% off authenticity sessions and packages during June and July.The popular sentence completion course 12 Weeks to Self-Knowledge is changing soon, so get it on a pay-what-you-want basis while you can.Any questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch. 

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