Flow state is a balance between one’s skills and the challenge. If we feel overwhelmed by the task, we may experience anxiety and other negative emotions. If a task seems too hard, we become disinterested, indifferent, and lose our ability to engage with the task. Flow is a state where we are active but not overwhelmed by a challenge.
Csikszentmihalyi (1998) suggested that this dimension can be described as when an individual has the necessary skills to deal with the situation. The balance of challenge-skills is a powerful contributor of flow. This ultimate feeling of competence results is Divergent Psychology Perth an engaged state in which one enjoys the task. Mitchels (2015) found positive correlations with flow state and performance goals in both academic and athletic contexts. We can adjust our responses constantly to meet the requirements of the task by receiving clear feedback (often directly from the activity).
Positive feedback can come in many forms, but the meaning is the exact same. Positive feedback can come from many sources, but the meaning is the same: information that one is reaching his goal (Csikszentmihalyi-Csikszentmihalyi, 1988). The subjective state or flow can be achieved under these conditions. It is often manifested by the following characteristics: Total concentration, immersion. The ability to focus on the present moment can help us enter a state where we are able to direct our attention to the present moment and avoid distracting factors. A flow state is when we are completely engaged in an activity, only being aware of the relevant factors and ignoring irrelevant ones.
The feeling of control in flow is present even though it is not being conscious. Csikszentmihalyi (1993), argued that flow is not about being ‘in charge’. It’s more like a’sense control’ in which individuals feel they can do anything or are unstoppable.
The key to flow is the ability to control difficult situations. Keller & Blomann (2008) found that people with higher control capabilities were more likely to experience flow. However, individuals with lower control levels often struggled to reach a flow state. Ever become so involved in something, that you lose track time? As we become completely absorbed in the moment, the flow state can cause us to lose track of the normal passage of time.
If one is deeply involved in an activity, transcendence can happen. One can experience time as speeding up or slowing down. In some cases it may even become completely irrelevant.
Some activities can promote flow, such as sports, the arts and games. But, it is possible to experience flow at work and in other everyday activities. Activities that encourage flow include those where you are fully involved, feel no boredom, anxiety, or feel interested. Let’s now look at examples of flow in action.