Probably the man I have read the most books this year to complete my master thesis about innovation and MOOC. So It’s great to follow this blog too!
When I first heard about Czikszentmihalyi’s “Flow” concept and research, I became quite intrigued with this research. Its face validity immediately resonated with me. I always cherished those times in my own life when I was so fully engaged that I had no other thoughts than the task at hand, with joy coming purely from the engagement. I never had a name for it but Czikszentmihalyi did and conducted research on it.
The characteristics of “Flow” according to Czikszentmihalyi are:
- Completely involved, focused, concentrating – with this either due to innate curiosity or as the result of training
- Sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality
- Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done and how well it is going
- Knowing the activity is doable – that the skills are adequate, and neither anxious or bored
- Sense of serenity
- Timeliness – thoroughly focused on present, don’t notice…
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