Saturday, June 28, 2014

== In The Zone: the Flow State (!!)

Flow (psychology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"In positive psychology, flow, also known as zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Named by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields"
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - 2011 UW-Madison Big Learning Event - YouTube

Conditions of the flow experience:

  1. There are clear goals every step of the way
  2. There is immediate feedback to one's action.
  3. There is a balance between challenges and skills

book review: Flow | Brian Johnson
"Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow | This Emotional Life
"Csikszenmihalyi defines flow as the point where your challenges meet your skills.
Painters, athletes, musicians, computer programmers, financial traders, writers all describe themselves as regularly experiencing flow. If you look at the flow chart, you can see that 
flow can happen at high skills and high challenge... or at low skills and low challenge..."

elearn Magazine: Gamification: Using Game Mechanics to Enhance eLearning
"Giving your learner choices by designing nonlinear eLearning can help engage your user."
Flow Channel
" the challenge of an experience rises,
the skill of the participant must also grow in direct proportion. 
...If a user's skill exceeds the challenge of the experience, they will become bored. 
...if the challenge exceeds the participant's skill, they will suffer anxiety. optimal user experience is illustrated in the "Flow Channel" as the squiggly line. 

This line demonstrates the experience described above where a user is challenged to a high degree with new experiences, and then given an opportunity to demonstrate and master the skill of that experience, before given a completely new challenge to conquer."

What Is Flow? - The Psychology of Flow
"According to Csíkszentmihályi, there are ten factors that accompany the experience of flow
  1. Clear goals that, while challenging, are still attainable.
  2. Strong concentration and focused attention.
  3. The activity is intrinsically rewarding.
  4. Feelings of serenity; a loss of feelings of self-consciousness.
  5. Timelessness; a distorted sense of time; feeling so focused on the present that you lose track of time passing.
  6. Immediate feedback.
  7. Knowing that the task is doable; a balance between skill level and the challenge presented.
  8. Feelings of personal control over the situation and the outcome.
  9. Lack of awareness of physical needs.
  10. Complete focus on the activity itself."
In The Zone: 10 Characteristics of the Flow State | The Brain Lady Blog

Surfer in the Flow
  1. Choose your one most important task
  2. Avoid any distractions by creating the necessary environment
  3. Focus all your attention with intensity on your task
  4. Do it for a reasonable period of time, at least 1/2 hour, better more
  5. Stay with this task until it is finished (!)

The metaphor of "FLOW" is related to "RIVER". 

Anxiety is like a hard rock, that blocks progress of water, forcing to change its way
and prevents direct progress to its destination.

Boredom is like a flat terrain, where water becomes a marsh,
with no progress and meaningful changes.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was born in city called "river" (Rijeka in Croatian, Fiume in Italian),
that used to be part of Italy, and now is part of Croatia.
The river separated fast downtown port city from slow suburbs.

Snake River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Snake River, struggling trough tough rock

Mississippi Delta, big river, slow progress on flat land

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