According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ‘flow’ is the mental state of complete absorption in the current experience, for example when playing a sport.

11 Activities and Exercises to Induce a Flow State (+ 6 Examples)

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With many things in life ostensibly out of our control, it is easy to consider our fate as being determined by external factors. However, consider times when instead of being driven by extraneous forces, you have felt in complete control of your actions - the master of your destiny! The […]

The Psychology and Theory Behind Flow

The psychology and theory behind flow

Have you ever been ‘in the zone?’ We all want to experience it. It’s intense, exhilarating, and satisfying. When we’re in the zone, or what researchers call ‘flow,’ we feel invisible. The theory behind flow is as popular as ever with researchers investigating its effects in several areas of our […]

Csikszentmihalyi’s Book 'Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience'


A founding father of Positive Psychology, in his seminal work “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” (1990), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi argues that the key to happiness is to strive for ‘flow’ in our lives. Csikszentmihalyi argues that happiness can be achieved by taking control over our consciousness. When I think about […]

Flow at Work: The Science of Engagement and Optimal Performance

Flow at work

Do you love your work? When Freud was asked to define happiness, he gave this simple answer: “Work and love.” We all want to be happy at work, not only because we spend a significant part of our life working, but also because it is a source of meaning for […]

What is Flow in Psychology? Definition and 10+ Activities to Induce Flow

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Have you ever been completely and utterly immersed in a task? Oblivious to the outside world, focused only on your own progress and what’s going on right here and now? Maybe you’ve been doing something you love, like playing music or a certain sport, before realizing that time has totally […]

Self-Determination Theory of Motivation: Why Intrinsic Motivation Matters

What is Self-Determination Theory? Definition and Examples (+PDF)

You may be familiar with “self-determination” in the context of foundational government documents and speeches from people long-dead. Traditionally, self-determination has been more used in this diplomatic and political context to describe the process a country undergoes to assert its independence. However, self-determination also has a more personal and psychology-relevant […]

8 Ways To Create Flow According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Want to increase your well-being, creativity, and productivity? If so, you might want to cultivate flow, a concept describing those moments when you're completely absorbed in a challenging but doable task. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, considered one of the co-founders of positive psychology, was the first to identify and research flow. (If you're not sure how […]

Motivation and Well-being: Flow and Finding Success

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When it comes to motivation, literature still lacks a general definition. Despite the fact that many theories have been proposed over the years, we are still unsure what determines what we want. Meanwhile, research in the field of Positive Psychology has come closer to understanding whether what we want actually […]