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Flow

The feeling of euphoria, more effective performance and enhanced focus when mind and/or body are stretched in a voluntary effort to achieve something that is seen as worthwhile.

The three elements of Flow are:

  • Purpose
  • Resolution
  • Harmony

The experience of Flow is self-reinforcing, each time it is achieved boosts creative-confidence.

The concept of Flow was developed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. In an interview with Wired he said:

Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost.

See also

  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience #todo get refs

  • TED Talk, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Flow, 2004 YouBube

  • Research has demonstrated that the brain learns faster in a Flow State due to the release of neurotransmitters YouTube