This little article is just made of things I found on the web. It’s made for people who never heard about the “Flow”. I added a little complement with Autotelism…
Mister Csikszentmihalyi is an Hungarian psychologist. He was interested in happiness, and found out a very curious thing : one is happy when one is… busy.
The components of this happiness are :
- challenge-skill balance
- merging of action and awareness
- clarity of goals
- immediate and unambiguous feedback
- concentration on the task at hand
- paradox of control
- transformation of time
- loss of self-consciousness
- autotelic experience
For this last word, I copy paste wiki :
The autotelic personality is one in which a person performs acts because they are intrinsically rewarding, rather than to achieve external goals. Csikszentmihalyi describes the autotelic personality as a trait possessed by individuals who can learn to enjoy situations that most other people would find miserable. Research has shown that aspects associated with the autotelic personality include curiosity, persistence, and humility.
People who have experienced flow, describe the following feelings:
- Completely involved in what we are doing – focused, concentrated.
- A sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality.
- Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done, and how well we are doing.
- Knowing that the activity is doable – that our skills are adequate to the task.
- A sense of serenity – no worries about oneself, and a feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of the ego.
- Timelessness – thoroughly focused on the present, hours seem to pass by the minute.
- Intrinsic motivation – whatever produces flow becomes it own reward.
You can find this when you flirt, when you blog, when you videogame, when you… work. Sometimes you have to think back about it when you ask yourself about happiness. It’s a way to show that it can be reached with(in) yourself…
Have a nice day!
As a 8-11 years old little boy, I remember that from time to time my family went to visit friends in Dunkirk. We were two boys and this other family had two girls. We played a lot outside, ball, badminton or in the snow, and numerous board games too. It was a bit far from our home so we often stayed to sleep.
But well, I liked to read, I love quiet, I also remember that the father always had a good pile of these very cheap comics named Akim or Zembla (pseudo Tarzan, of course). I used to read everything I found, in these mid-seventies…
These were made by the Italians, they had dozens of titles.
Today I found on the net a torrent full of “Charlton Superhero Comics“. Something unknown from me! I read this one and was very pleased to find the advertisments. Awfully cute and cheap : I could almost FEEL the excitement of little kids asking to their parents for the frontier cabin, the stamps, or any catalog they would flip through in loop, every night in the quiet of the bed, or under a tree.
These quiet empty afternoons, where you were watching the clouds for hours, on your back, are almost included in the pages I read tonight.
Thanks for reading! Bye!
I’m sick these days. Sorry for the lack of updates…
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Hey, craftsperson! Hi!
You blog, right? (or you take pictures, you paint, you write poems, you invent things or concepts). Here’s a little patterntool from Paul Valéry for your pleasure :
- Your article (and your past ones) can be considered as a state, a work which can be taken over, modified.
- The product is your article, it stays, it’s independent : it makes sense for readers.
- But the work of modeling, building and rebuilding has its own value.
- The work you had to do reacted in you, changed you, and in a way invented another product, which is a more skillful and clever you.
- You learn from what you write.
- Feedback feeds the magician.
- Your article is never really finished. You could make it better all the time, couldn’t you?
- It could teach you something more, after all…
- In a way, you learned so much working on it, that you could erase it completely and do it again. Better.
- A craftsperson will be satisfied with his/her product when he/she learned enough from it.
Thanks for reading!
I’m much more interested in the work than in the product of the work
Art, Music, Painting, do what you want with these, but there’s something you can watch, a dial : Art is a progress.
One core of Art is : “What’s new here?”.
Thus, one path in music history – but not only – lead towards dissonance… Listen to Bach, then to Webern… Today it’s more complex, I agree…
One day I asked a friend : “How come a guy like Mozart never thought of wringing harmonies?”.
“Well, he DID!”, he answered.
The beginning of the Dissonance Quartet is a total shock when you discover it. It’s from the 18th Century and it sounds like Shostakovich! At least : first half of XXth Century.
I was like : “Wait what?”.
We could talk about this pattern for a few hours, right? Each important piece of Art swallows influences and digests them and builds something new, never seen, never heard. Think Picasso. Think Stravinsky!
But here it’s like a casual slapping in your face. Like an open window into 150 years in the future… with no consequence.
Now, in YOUR field, what is this? Are you skilled enough to guess?
MMmhhh. Maybe Leornardo Da Vinci tried some Pollock dripping? Who knows?
Have a great day!