Friday 20 February 2009

Mihaly Czikzentmihalyi in full flow

You know that feeling when you are totally absorbed in something to the extent that you are no longer aware of time passing. Ken Robinson calls this being "in your element". Czikzentmihalyi (pronounced chick-sent-me-hi-yee) prefers the word "flow", a state you attain when the challenge you face is slightly greater than the skills you have at your disposal, requiring you to develop new skills. He believes this is a state of almost pure happiness and fulfilment. Check out the film above to find out why.

When do you feel "in flow"? What circumstances suit you best - working alone or with others, indoors or out, thinking, talking, making...? We are all creative in our own way and we all have the capacity to find "flow". Where do you look and how do you feel when you find it?

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