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About: The Concept of Flow

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the pioneers of the scientific study of happiness, discovered that people find genuine satisfaction during a state of consciousness called Flow. While in a state of Flow, they are completely absorbed in an activity, especially an activity that involves their creative abilities.

During this “optimal experience” they feel “strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious, and at the peak of their abilities.” Athletes would call this “being in the zone”.

While in Flow, artists are so absorbed in their creative process that time passes without notice. It is not uncommon for artists in this state to become so immersed in the process that they forget to eat or sleep.