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Introduction to “Flow”

An Introduction to “Flow”

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FLOW bookAccording to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, when the information that keeps coming into our awareness is congruent with our goals, our attention can be freely invested to achieve our goals.

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“This is because there is no need to worry, no reason to question one’s adequacy. But whenever one does stop to think about oneself, the evidence is encouraging: ‘You are doing all right.’ The positive feedback strengthens the self, and more attention is freed to deal with the outer and inner environment… In flow we are in control of our psychic energy, and everything we do adds order to [our] consciousness” (pp. 39-40).

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“Flow helps to integrate the self because in that state of deep concentration consciousness is unusually well ordered. Thoughts, intentions, feelings, and all the senses are focused on the same goal. Experience is in harmony. And when the flow episode is over, one feels more “together” than before, not only internally but also with respect to other people and to the world in general” (p. 41).

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Certain basic conditions are required for “flow.”

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Add to this now our universal understanding that we are all social beings.

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Especially in childhood, but also into adulthood, we humans are dependent upon constructive, respectful, social interactions to optimize our individual learning and functioning.

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Optimal learning does not occur in isolation, but within relationships.

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Optimal learning is not only intellectual, but also social and emotional.

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It is within instructive relationships that new concepts are modeled and explained, and opportunities for practice with constructive feedback provided.

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This encourages and enhances the assimilation of new concepts and skills.

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