Are There Varying Degrees Of Flow? - Deepstash
Are There Varying Degrees Of Flow?

Are There Varying Degrees Of Flow?

Yes. Flow is a spectrum experience. It’s like anger. You can be a little mad or homicidally murderous: same emotion, different degrees. Csikszentmihalyi and Susan Jackson discovered that the same thing is true of flow. You can be in a state of micro-flow—like what happens when you fall into a great conversation at work and one great idea leads to the next great idea and you totally lose track of time; or you can experience a state of macro-flow, where all of flow’s core characteristics show up so strongly that the experience itself takes on otherworldly, quasi-mystical qualities.


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“An idea is something that won’t work unless you do.” - Thomas A. Edison

The process of flow was discovered and coined by the Hungarian-American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In the 1960s, Csikszentmihalyi studied the creative process and found that, when an artist was in the course of flow, they would persist at their task relentlessly, regardless of hunger or fatigue. He also found that the artist would lose interest after the project was completed, highlighting the importance of the process and not the end result.

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